An Indian Express plane crashed while crossing the runway amid landing.

Iran Press/Asia: According to Sputnik, local Indian media reported that three people were killed including the pilot after the hard landing of the Air India Express flight.

The aircraft, en route from Dubai, skidded off the runway and broke in two at Calicut airport upon landing, India's aviation authority said.

Rescue operations are underway, with emergency services at the scene. Several passengers are injured, a spokesman for the airline said.

The airline said there were 184 passengers - including 10 children and seven crew members, of which two were pilots - onboard flight IX-1344 when it crashed at Calicut, also known as Kozhikode.

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) said the plane fell into a valley and broke in two after skidding off the end of the runway. Images carried by Indian media show the aircraft broken in two pieces.


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