Air India Flight Crashes on Landing

Aug 11, 2020

At approximately 1940 local time (1410 UTC) on 7 August 2020, Air India Express flight IX 1344, with 184 passengers and six crew members on board, crashed upon landing at Calicut International Airport (VOCL/CCJ), located in the southern state of Kerala. The aircraft skidded off the end of the 2,850 meter-long (9,350 ft) runway before sliding down an incline, causing the fuselage to break into two pieces upon impact. At least 18 people, including both pilots, were killed and more than 120 others were injured. The 2-year-old Boeing 737 aircraft was performing a “Vande Bharat” repatriation flight from Dubai International Airport (OMDB/DXB) at the time of the crash. Inclement weather conditions associated with heavy monsoon rain were registered in the area during landing on the tabletop runway, which sits on higher ground and has a slope at the end. An investigation to determine the cause of the crash remains underway.

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