Air India flight hits airport wall before take-off

Remigio Civitarese
Ottobre 12, 2018

The passengers and the crew of an Air India Express flight to Dubai from Tiruchi had a fortuitous escape after the aircraft hit a Instrument Landing System (ILS) antenna on ground and brushed against the compound wall of the airport while take off early on Friday morning.

The plane, with 136 passengers and crew members on-board, continued for Dubai and was eventually diverted to Mumbai after Trichy airport officials reported to the pilots that the aircraft might have come in contact with a wall.

The flight later safely landed at the Mumbai airport at around 5.39 am where fire brigade and other departments were put on standby.

An internal inquiry has been ordered and co-pilot has been de-rostered until the investigation is done. The crew, however, made a decision to divert the Boeing 737 aircraft to Mumbai.

An Air India passenger plane made an emergency landing in Mumbai after hitting a wall during take-off, damaging the aircraft.

It said a relief aircraft and a fresh crew was arranged to continue the flight from Mumbai to Dubai. The pilot in command D Ganesh Babu has a flying experience of 3.600 hours on the B 737 aircraft, including 500 hours as a commander.

Air India has taken the pilot and co-pilot off duties pending an investigation and the Directorate-General of Civil Aviation has been informed of the incident, the airline tweeted.

Tamil Nadu Tourism Minister Vellamandi N Natarajan visited Tiruchirappalli airport and inspected the accident spot.

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