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At least 15 dead after plane from Dubai breaks in two at Kerala airport

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DEVELOPING STORY: At least 15 people have been killed after an Air India Express plane said to be carrying 190 passengers and crew from Dubai overshot the runway and broke in two while landing at Kerala’s Kozhikode, around 7:40 pm on Friday, local authorities said.

As of this posting, NDTV reported that among those killed were the two pilots of the passenger aircraft. According to latest reports, the aircraft was carrying 174 passengers, 10 infants, two pilots and four cabin crew members.

Other passengers have already been evacuated, but four more people were stuck on the plane.

Some 123 passengers and crew were injured. Rescuers have rushed 50 people to hospital after sustaining minor to serious injuries, the report said.

The Boeing 737 jet ripped apart with debris strewn all over the airport.

Kerala has been experiencing heavy rainfall through the day. Several landslides reportedly left at least 15 people dead.

This is a developing story and details may change as more is learned.

Mark Nituma

Mark is the editorial director of TFT and is currently based in its Manila headquarters. Upon graduating from UP Diliman in 2010, he joined the internationally-awarded TV magazine show Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho as a researcher. Nearly a year later, he became one of its segment producers. In a span of five years with GMA7, he was able to travel not only the Philippines’ most beautiful spots but also the country’s least visited places—from some of the war-torn areas of Mindanao to impoverished parts of Luzon and Visayas—capturing a closer look at life in these communities. Mark also worked with various TV programs and specials such as Philippine Treasure and Reel Time. After his five-year stint in the media network, he flew to Dubai in 2016 to start his career as a journalist/reporter for The Filipino Times. Got story pitches? Send Mark an email at [email protected] or drop him a line on

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