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

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

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

A Dubai-bound Air India flight hit the boundary wall of the airport in Tamil Nadu's Trichy.

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 plane was then diverted to the western city of Mumbai where it landed safely. It must be noted that the AI Express informed Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) about the incident. The flight's take-off wheel allegedly hit the compound wall soon after take-off.

A senior official of the airport said investigations were on to find out the reason for the incident. 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.

"All passengers landed safely at Mumbai airport and another aircraft from Mumbai to Dubai was arranged", the airline said.

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 was made a decision to divert the aircraft to Mumbai as a precautionary measure". The First Officer was Capt. Anurag who has an experience of about 3000 hours on the B 737. Both pilots have been derostered pending investigation.

Airport sources said one of the three VHF antennae on the aircraft was believed to have been damaged in the incident.