NEW DELHI (AP) — A special flight carrying evacuees to India who had been stranded abroad because of the coronavirus skidded off a runway and split in two while landing Friday in heavy rain in the southern state of Kerala, killing at least 16 passengers and injuring 123 more, police said.
Abdul Karim, a senior Kerala state police officer, said the dead included one of the pilots of the Air India Express flight. He said at least 15 of the injured were in critical condition, and that rescue operations were over.
The two-year-old Boeing 737-800 flew from Dubai to Kozhikode, also called Calicut, in Kerala, India’s southernmost state, the airline said.
A similar tragedy to Friday’s was narrowly avoided at the same airport a year ago, when an Air India Express flight suffered a tail strike upon landing. None of the 180 passengers of that flight were injured.
Kozhikode’s 2,850-meter (9,350-foot) runway is on a flat hilltop with deep gorges on either side ending in a 34-meter (112-foot) drop.
A pilot was killed when two Indian Air Force jets collided mid-air and crashed in the southern Indian city of Bengaluru during rehearsals for an aero show. (Feb. 19) A pilot was killed when two Indian Air Force jets collided mid-air and crashed in the southern city of Bengaluru during rehearsals for an aero show. (Feb. 19)
A passenger arriving in India from Thailand has been detained at the airport after customs officers found a month-old leopard cub in his luggage.
Customs officers at Chennai airport were alerted when they heard noises coming from his bag, which was found to contain the 2.2lb (1kg) cub hidden in a plastic grocery basket.
Authorities are investigating whether the suspect is part of an international smuggling ring. The 45-year-old detained in the investigation is said to have been “evasive in his replies” when questioned about his luggage by customs officers.
The romantic and festive air of the city, its cultural heritage and the richness of its cuisine—a million experiences wait to unfold for you.
A sight- seeing trip in and around Udaipur is a fascinating experience as this magical city is filled with many wondrous sights both heritage and new.
Walk down or cycle through criss-crossing narrow lanes filled with vibrant and colourful shops selling leather and wooden artefacts, jewelry and beauty items. Get great bargains on memorabilia.
Hire a tuk-tuk to tour around the Crystal Gallery, check out the Vintage Car Museum or wander into Saheliyonki Bari, where the fountain works run on natural water pressure from the FatehSagar Lake. Then head over to the observatory in the 18th-century Sajjangarh Fort. Despite the state of the structure, the breath taking view of the city, surrounding lakes, rivers and Aravali Mountains will be worth it.
Udaipur is a treasure trove for history buffs. Head to Haldighati, a mountain pass located 40 kilometres from the city, which had witnessed the battle between MaharanaPratap and the Moghuls. The place, translated to ‘the yellow valley’, derives its name from the yellow soil of the place.
Next up is the famed Kumbhalgarh Fort, a World Heritage Site among the Hill Forts of Rajasthan. Located 65 kilometres from the city, the fort’s perimeter walls are rumoured to be ranked second after the Great Wall of China. During your stay, you can go sightseeing around the old city. Take sunset boat cruises, fly a kite beside the lake or play Croquet near the pool. Dress up like royalty for puppet shows, enjoy Kalbelia, a traditional dance, or book for our Destination Dining experience.
Then, located 120 kilometres from the city, is Chittorgarh, filled with stories about when Chittor was the capital of the Mewar region.
Luxury awaits at The Leela Palace Udaipur with rooms that feature stunning views of the City Palace or Lake Pichola, situated on landscaped grounds. It has an exclusive spa and outdoor pool.
Decorated with warm shades of golds and reds, rooms feature local artwork and fine Indian carpets. They come with a flat-screen TV and iPod dock. Marble bathrooms have a bathtub and premium toiletries.
Surrounded by lounge chairs, the large outdoor pool has an attached hot tub. Guests can also enjoy quiet moments at the peaceful Library Bar or take a day trip organized by the tour desk.
Soft breezes and views of a starlit sky accompany fine Indian specialties at the Sheesh Mahal. For an international dining experience, guests can head to the Dining Room at The Leela Palace.
In “the city of lakes,” Leela Palace Udaipur is within 2.5 miles of the center of the city and City Palace Museum. It is a 45 minute drive from Maharana Pratap Airport.
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