Air India plane crash: Death toll rises to 20, rescue operation completed

Air India plane being run under Vande Bharat mission crashed at Karipur Airport in Kozhikode on Friday. The plane was landing at the airport. It was a Dubai-Kozhikode Air India flight number IX-1344.

The cockpit and cabin suffered extensive damage. Deepak Sathe, the pilot of the plane lost his life in the crash.

It was raining heavily at the time of the accident. The visibility at the runway that the plane was landing on was poor due to the rain. There were 190 people on-board including the flight crew. The crash took place at 7:38 pm on Friday evening.

The rescue and salvage effort went on till late at night. As per the last report at 2 am, 17 people had lost lives. The injured were admitted in different hospitals.

As the plane crashed, the first 5 rows of seats suffered extensive damage. It is being reported that it is highly unlikely that passengers seated in these rows would survive the crash.