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Plane Crashes While Landing in Kerala, India
08 Aug 2020, 16:11 GMT+10

An Air India Express flight coming from Dubai has crash landed at an airport in Kerala, India, killing several. The plane had been bringing home people trapped abroad by the coronavirus outbreakAt least 17people, including both pilots, were killed and more than 100 injured when an Air India Express jet crash landedat Kozhikodeairportin the Indian state ofKerala on Friday.The Boeing-737 had been completing a special repatriation flight to bring back Indian residents who were stranded outside ofthe country due to the coronavirus. International commercial air travel hasbeen halted in India because of the spread of COVID-19.Civil aviation minister Hardeep Puri said the planeovershot the runway, which is situated on top of a hill, and went about 10 meters (32feet)down a slope before breaking into two pieces.Heavy rain complicated the landing.Rescue operations at the scene had been completed but an investigation would be required to determine the cause of the crash, Puri added.There were 174 passengers, 10 infants, two pilots and five cabin crew on board the aircraft, Air India said.The flight had beencoming from Dubai.Local media showed dozens of ambulances on the scene.Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted that he was "pained" by to learn of the accident.Kerala has been hit by heavy rainfallin recent days, triggering landslides that resulted in at least 15 deaths on Friday. Nearly 50 people are missing and feared trapped in debris following a landslide in Kerala's eastern district of Idukki. /

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