The plane was being used by India’s Government to repatriate citizens stuck overseas amidst the COVID-19 crisis.
The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has ordered a detailed investigation of the crash.
“The plane fell into a valley and broke in two after skidding off the end of the runway. No fire was reported at the time of landing,” the DGCA stated.
Interior Minister Amit Shah confessed to being "distressed to learn about the tragic accident." He instructed the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) to reach the site at the earliest and assist with the rescue operations.
A similar accident happened in 2010 when a plane overshot the runway and crashed in Mangalore, killing 158 passengers.