Air India Flight Hit Trichy Airport Wall During Take-Off, 136 On Board

Lester Mason
October 12, 2018

The airline, which is India's national carrier, said in a statement that the Boeing 737 aircraft took off from Trichy Airport in southern India early on Friday without noticing that it had hit the perimeter wall.

Tamil Nadu Tourism Minister Vellamandi N Natrajan, who assessed the spot, said, "The flight which was to go to Dubai during take-off had its take-off wheel hitting on the compound wall and the air traffic level".

The plane took off from the airport here around 1:30 am for Dubai, but was diverted to Mumbai where it landed at 5:35 am, airline officials said.

In a statement, Air India Express said that an internal inquiry had been set up and the pilot and co-pilot of the flight had been derostered pending investigation into the incident.

As a result of the impact, the antenna, a part of the west-side wall and the instrument landing system (ILS) of the flight was reportedly damaged, The Times of India reported. It added that all passengers landed safely in Mumbai, and that another aircraft was arranged to take them to Dubai. The matter was conveyed to the pilot in command.

All 130 passengers and 6 crew members on board the Aircraft were alighted safely. About incident AI express informed DGCA about it.

It was made a decision to divert the aircraft to Mumbai as a precautionary measure, the airline said.

"The pilot in command, Captain D Ganesh Babu, has a flying experience on the B737 aircraft of 3,600 hours, including about 500 hours as commander". The two pilots have been de-rostered pending investigation.

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