An Air India Categorical airplane with 191 folks on board has crashed at an airport in the southern state of Kerala, officials say.
The aircraft, en route from Dubai, skidded off the runway and broke in two at Calicut airport upon landing, India’s aviation authority explained.
Rescue functions are under way, with crisis companies at the scene.
At least two persons, such as the pilot, have died, the BBC has been informed.
Many passengers are wounded, a spokesman for the airline stated.
The airline said there had been 184 travellers – such as 10 kids and 7 crew members, of which two were being pilots – on board flight IX-1344 when it crashed at Calicut, also known as Kozhikode.
The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) explained the airplane fell into a valley and broke in two following skidding off the stop of the runway. Visuals carried by Indian media show the aircraft broken in two parts.
“Distressed to discover about the tragic incident of Air India Categorical aircraft in Kozhikode, Kerala. Have instructed NDRF [National Disaster Response Force] to arrive at the web-site at the earliest and support with the rescue functions,” UHome Minister Amit Shah tweeted.
The incident occurred at all over 19:00 community time (14:30 BST) amid heavy rainfall in the region.
There have been flooding and landslides, as India’s monsoon year reaches its peak.
In May well 2010, 158 people died when an Air India Convey flight overshot Mangalore airport runway and crashed.