Published: Fri, October 12, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Air India plane hits wall on take-off

Air India plane hits wall on take-off

An Air India Express flight to Dubai with 130 passengers on board had a close shave when it hit the perimeter wall of the Trichy global airport during take-off early on Thursday.

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 took off from the airport here around 1:30 am for Dubai, but was diverted to Mumbai where it landed at 5:35 am, airline officials said. Alternative arrangements were being made to take the passengers to Dubai from Mumbai, they said.

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The pilot commanding the Boeing, Captain D Ganesh Babu and the First Officer, Captain Anurag have been taken off Air India Express's pilot roster pending an investigation into the very serious incident. "The pilot in command reported that the aircraft systems were operating normally", it said. The flight has landed safely in Mumbai. The matter was conveyed to the pilot in command.

Tamil Nadu Tourism Minister Vellamandi N Natarajan who assessed the spot said, "The flight with its passengers has reached Mumbai safely". The aircraft, with 136 passengers and crew on board, was damaged on its belly.

It was made a decision to divert the aircraft to Mumbai as a precautionary measure, the airline said. The pilot and co-pilot have been de-rostered till completion of the investigation. About incident AI express informed DGCA about it.

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