Investigators in India have found the black box of the fatal plane crash in the southern Indian state of Kerala.
An Air India Express Boeing 737 enroute from Dubai, skidded off the runway during bad weather at Kozhikode airport. The aircraft broke in two killing 18 of the 190 people that were on board.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he was “pained” by the accident which is India’s worst plane crash in a decade. Another official said it was a “miracle” that the death toll was not higher.
Flight 1134 was carrying 184 passengers and six crew when it attempted to land at the airport in Kozhikode on June 7, at 19:40 local time (14:10 GMT).
Media reports stated that the pilots could not see the runway due to heavy rain during a first attempt at landing. When they did touch down, the plane is said to have landed on a taxiway hundreds of metres before the runway, then skidding off into a ditch.
Kozhikode has a table-top airport and poses a challenge for flight crew during difficult landings as they typically have steep drops at one or both ends of the runway.
Both pilots perished in the accident while about 150 people are being treated in hospital.
The flight was repatriating Indians stranded by the coronavirus crisis.