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

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

An Air India Express flight to Dubai from Tamil Nadu's Tiruchirappalli airport, carrying 136 passengers, had a miraculous escape during take-off early Friday morning.

The incident took place when the plane which was going to Dubai was moving towards the runway and hit the ATC compound wall at Trichy Airport and was damaged. However, it was declared was declared fit for operations after inspection at Mumbai Airport.

The plane took off from the Trichy airport around 1:20 am for Dubai, but was diverted to Mumbai where it landed at 5:20 am, airline officials told PTI.

Air India Express thereby issued a statement saying that an internal inquiry has been set up, the pilot and co-pilot have been de-rostered until the investigation is complete.

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It said a relief aircraft and a fresh crew was arranged to continue the flight from Mumbai to Dubai.

The engineering team is assessing the damages, they said, adding that a ferry flight was sent from Kochi to fly the passengers stranded in Mumbai to their destination.

Despite the hit the pilots continued the journey of around four hours and were apparently only informed of the hit once they were air-borne. 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. "The pilot in command reported that the aircraft systems were operating normally", it said.

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

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