Around 18 people have been declared dead and 127 out of the 190 passengers were injured after an Air India Express flight from Dubai skidded off the runway at the Kozhikode International Airport in Karipur, Kerala and split into two on late Friday evening. Among the deceased were also the two pilots while all the four cabin crew members were safe, confirmed the airline in a statement. 

According to reports, 127 people are being treated at present at various hospitals in Kerala among whom a large number of them have been admitted in Malappuram and Kozhikode. Early morning visuals from the flight wreckage have been shared by news agency ANI on their Twitter page. Watch it below:

Speaking to the media, Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri confirmed, "18 people, including two pilots, have lost their lives, it is unfortunate. 127 people are at hospitals, others have been released." He said, "Our task would have been much more difficult if the plane had caught fire. I am going to the airport,". He went on to add, "Under the Vande Bharat Mission, the flight was coming from Dubai carrying 190 passengers. Pilot must have tried to bring the flight to the end of tabletop airport's runway where it skidded due to slippery conditions owing to monsoon."

Around 40 injured passengers are admitted to MIMS Hospital in Calicut while 12 people, who were admitted in ICU last night, are currently in a stable condition. On the other hand, authorities are taking the dead bodies for COVID-19 tests at the Kozhikode Medical College. 

Latest reports also indicate the flight data recorders, otherwise known as black boxes, have been found after the Air India Express flight broke into pieces amid heavy rain. Minister of State for External Affairs V Muraleedharan reached Kozhikode earlier in the day to the spot while Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and Governor Arif Mohammad Khan are reportedly scheduled to visit the crash site on Saturday.

Two special relief flights have also been arranged from Delhi and one from Mumbai in order to provide further humanitarian assistance to all the passengers involved in the flight crash including their family members. Air India Express has also confirmed that the AAIB, DGCA and Flight Safety Depts have reached to conduct detailed investigations into the incidents.