India's air safety regulator plans to conduct special audits of airports across the country affected by heavy rain, the watchdog's chief told Reuters, days after an air crash killed 18 people and raised questions about safety.
At least 16 people including the two pilots were killed and dozens injured when an Air India Express passenger plane overshot the runway and broke into two after landing in the southern city of Kozhikode (Calicut) in heavy rain on Friday, officials said.
Another repatriation flight carrying Indians from Qatar left for Kannur in Kerala Friday with 177 passengers and eight infants, the Indian embassy tweeted.
The second repatriation flight from Qatar carrying stranded Indians was cancelled yesterday due to “technical reasons”, the Indian embassy said.
Air India Express will start four-times-a-week flights between Kannur in the southern Indian state of Kerala and Doha on December 10, according to an airline statement shared by local travel agents.
The aircraft carrying 173 passengers and six crew members made an emergency landing at the Mangaluru International Airport 45 minutes after being airborne.
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