Pakistan PM Imran Khan reacts to Air India Express crash in Kozhikode
Dubai - Khan takes to Twitter to express his thoughts on the accident in southern India, which has killed at least 16 people.
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has expressed his sadness about today's Air India Express crash in southern India, which has claimed the lives of 16 people.
Writing on his official Twitter account, Khan said: "Saddened to learn of the Air India plane crash in Kerala state leading to loss of innocent lives. May Allah give strength to the bereaved families in their difficult hour."
Dozens of people were injured in the accident, 15 of them seriously, after the Air India Express Boeing 737 originating from Dubai touched down in Kozhikode in heavy rain.
The airline said more than 190 passengers and crew were on board the plane that, according to the aviation ministry, plunged 10 metres (35 feet) down a slope off the end of the raised so-called table-top runway.
Television footage showed the fuselage of the jet ripped apart and surrounded by emergency personnel working in the dark, spraying the wreckage with water although there was no sign of any fire.
Sakeen K., the district medical officer in the nearby city of Malappuram, said that 16 people had died.
"We are still ascertaining the toll," she told AFP.
Kozhikode official Seeram Sambasiva said that the two pilots were among the dead.