NEW DELHI, Aug. 7 (Xinhua) -- At least six persons, including two pilots, died in the aircraft tragedy that took place in India's southern state of Kerala on Friday evening, an official of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) told TV reporters.
The mishap took place at 19:41 (Indian Standard Time) when an Air India plane, a Boeing 737, with around 195 people, including 189 passengers and six crew members onboard, skidded off the runway at Kozhikode Airport, breaking into two parts.
The Kozhikode Airport is said to be a "tabletop airport", having a deep valley at the end of the runway. Among the passengers were at least 10 infants, said media reports.
The plane took off from Dubai on Friday and it made a hard landing at the Kozhikode Airport.
The DGCA official also said that among the dead were the two pilots. All others onboard have been evacuated from the accident site and are being given first aid.
Nearly 45 passengers have been admitted in different hospitals in Kozhikode, according to the local police.
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