Dubai- Kozhikode Air India Flight splits into two in Karipur Runway; 18 death

Kozhikode International Airport

Karipur: The death toll in the Karipur plane crash has risen to 18. The co-pilot also died shortly after the pilot died. Work is now underway to prevent fuel leaks. One child among the deceased.

The Air India Express flight IX 1344 as part of the Vande Bharat mission from Dubai with 191 passengers on board crashed at 7.45 pm. The plane plunged to a depth of 35 feet and split in two. Of the passengers, 175 were adults and 10 were children. The plane crashed on the Kondotty-Kunnumpuram road on the cross belt road via Melangadi.

Information that the tabletop fell from the runway while the plane was trying to take off again as it swerved forward through the runway during landing. The front of the plane crashed.

The plane that crashed in Karipur was flown by a very experienced pilot, Captain Deepak Vasanth Sathe. He was served as a pilot in the Indian Air Force before joining Air India. Sathe is a native of Maharashtra.

He has flown fighter jets and has experience flying wide-body aircraft such as the Airbus 310. Also, he has won the Sode of Honor of the Air Force Academy. He has also worked as a test pilot for Hindustan Aeronautics.