Air India Express 737 Hits Airport Perimeter Wall on Takeoff

Lloyd Doyle
October 15, 2018

Flight attendant Harsha Lobo, who is 53, was taken to Nanavati Hospital.

The Air India Express aircraft, with 136 people on board, suffered a gash in the belly after hitting a ground-based antenna and then the perimeter wall of Trichy airport on Friday.

The state carrier last week grounded two pilots after one of its jets carrying 136 people hit an airport perimeter wall on take-off and then flew for nearly four hours with a damaged body before landing safely. "Air India has constituted a sub-committee and is looking into all safety-related issues within the organization, including subsidiaries", said Union Minister Suresh Prabhu.

The incident happened on Air India flight AI 864 operating on Mumbai-Delhi route, according to the airline source.

"She is conscious and well-oriented but has sustained compound (open) fracture of right lower leg bones and multiple blunt injuries", an airport official was quoted as saying by The Hindu newspaper. "There was a gap and in the process of opening the door, she slipped and and fell onto the tarmac", said a source. "Lobo fell out of the L5 door".

The airline termed the incident as "unfortunate" and said that it was investigating into it. Soon after the incident took place, the airport and Air India staff rushed the Air India air hostess to Nanavati hospital for treatment.

About three years ago, an Air India engineer had got sucked into an aircraft's engine at the Mumbai airport when the pilots started the engines prematurely after mistaking a signal.

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