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NEW DELHI (AP) — A Gulf Air passenger plane skidded off the runway while landing in heavy rain Monday in the southern Indian city of Kochi, injuring one person, the airline said.

The Bahrain-based carrier said the accident happened as the Airbus A320 touched down at Kochi International Airport.

Gulf Air flight GF270 was carrying six crew and 137 passengers, including an infant, the airline said. All were evacuated.

The injured passenger is an Indian citizen who was taken to the hospital for treatment. The carrier said his situation isn’t critical but it wasn’t immediately able to provide details of his injuries.

Gulf Air said it is working with the authorities to determine the cause of the accident.

Airline spokeswoman Katherine Kaczynska said there was heavy rain at the time of landing, and that part of the plane’s landing gear was damaged in the accident.

“The nose landing gear collapsed … during the skid,” she told The Associated Press.

The accident happened before dawn Monday and the passengers were evacuated using the plane’s emergency slides, Kaczynska said.

The 18-month-old plane is one of the newest in the airlines’ fleet, she said.

State-owned Gulf Air is the national airline of Bahrain, a small Arab island country in the Persian Gulf.

Bahrain and other Gulf nations are home to large numbers of Indian migrant workers, including many from the southern state of Kerala, where Kochi is located.