17 confirmed dead in plane crash-landing in south India

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This photo taken on Aug. 7, 2020 shows the crash-land scene of Air India plane at Kozhikode Airport, southern Indian. (Str/Xinhua)

Air India Express confirmed on Saturday morning that 17 were killed in a plane crash-landing in India's southern state of Kerala, including two pilots.

As of now there are 17 confirmed deceased including the two pilots, the company said in a statement, adding that the four cabin crew members are confirmed safe.

A special relief flight has been arranged from Mumbai and Delhi for rendering humanitarian assistance to all the passengers and the family members, it said.

According to Air India Express, a subsidiary of Air India, there were 174 adult passengers, 10 infants, two pilots and four cabin crew on board the aircraft which skidded off a runway at Kozhikode Airport in Kerala and broke into two pieces.

The company said the flight IX 1344 operated by a Boeing 737 aircraft from Dubai to Kozhikode overshot runway at Kozhikode Airport at 19:41 p.m. local time on Friday evening. No fire was reported at the time of landing.

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