An Air India Express plane carrying 191 people, including ten babies, crashed tonight (Friday) when it landed at Calikut Airport in the southern Indian state of Carla. Local police said at least 15 people were killed in the incident, about 35 others were injured, and that some were trapped at the scene. According to the media in India, the plane was split in two while attempting to land.
Reports indicate that the plane apparently slipped and deviated from the runway, and parts of it fell into the nearby valley. According to police, the incident occurred while heavy rains were falling in the area, and the pilot’s visibility may have been impaired.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his condolences to the families of those killed. “I’m hurting the plane crash in Calicott,” he tweeted on his Twitter account. “My thoughts are with those who have lost loved ones. I wish the wounded a speedy recovery.”