Air India plane crashes with 191 on board leaving two dead and several injured

An Air India plane with nearly 200 people on board has crashed into a valley after overshooting the runway at its destination.

A police official said two people have died in the crash and at least 35 are injured. Indian politician KJ Alphons said the pilot was one of the dead.

Images circulating on social media show an aircraft ruptured into two parts laying in a valley near Calicut airport, in the Indian state of Kerala. 

The plane was travelling from Dubai when it tried to land amid very heavy rainfall at around 7:38 pm local time on Friday.

Emergency services have rushed to the scene, with paramedics ferrying the injured to local hospitals.

‘Dubai-Kozhikode Air India flight (IX-1344) skidded during landing at Karipur Airport at around 7.45 pm (2.45pm GMT) today,’ Kondotty Police told news agency ANI. 

Rajiv Jain, a spokesman for the Civil Aviation Ministry, said the plane broke into two pieces on impact.

Mr Alphons, the former Minister of State for Tourism, said all passengers were evacuated and that it was lucky the aircraft didn’t catch fire.

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