Air India flight hits compound wall at Trichy Airport, all passengers safe

12 October, 2018, 13:03 | Author: Wade Massey
  • The belly of the Air India Express aircraft was damaged after hitting the Trichy airport wall

A Dubai-bound Air India flight hit the boundary wall during take off at the Trichy Airport in Tamil Nadu last night.

After flight IX 611 from Trichy to Dubai had taken off from Trichy at about 1.30 AM today it was reported by local Airport officials at Trichy, that they have observed that Aircraft might have come in contact with the airport perimeter wall. It was later declared fit for operations after inspection at Mumbai airport. Alternative arrangements were being made to take the passengers to Dubai from Mumbai, they said.

Air India Express stated that after the incident internal inquiry has been set up, pilot and co-pilot de-rostered until the investigation is over. "The pilot in command reported that the aircraft systems were operating normally", it said.

The flight later safely landed at the Mumbai airport at around 5.39 am where fire brigade and other departments were put on standby. The matter was conveyed to the pilot in command. The crew, however, made a decision to divert the Boeing 737 aircraft to Mumbai. The plane had 130 passengers and six crew members on board.

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The incident has been reported to the aviation regulator and Air India says it is "cooperating with the investigation".

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

Tamil Nadu Tourism Minister Vellamandi N Natarajan who assessed the spot said, "The flight with its passengers has reached Mumbai safely".

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