Published: Fri, October 12, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Dubai-Bound AI Flight Hits Trichy Airport Wall, Passengers Safe

Dubai-Bound AI Flight Hits Trichy Airport Wall, Passengers Safe

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. 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 airport authorities have started a probe into the freak accident while technicians in Mumbai are examining the damaged aircraft. The passengers and crew are reported safe.

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

A statement by Air India Express said an internal investigation into the incident has been ordered, and the pilot and co-pilot have been de-rostered until the inquiry is completed, ANI reported.

The plane was then diverted to the western city of Mumbai where it landed safely. An Air India Express official said, "All passengers were landed safely at Mumbai airport and another aircraft from Mumbai to Dubai was arranged".

The plane reached cruising altitude and flew for three hours before it was diverted to Mumbai as a precaution. No one suffered any injuries.

Tamil Nadu Minister Vellamandi Natrajan visited the spot and inspected the damages to the wall, adjacent to a state highway. The First Officer was Capt. Anurag who has an experience of about 3000 hours on the B 737.

Civil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu also tweeted about the development, detailing measures that have been taken and are in process that underline eliminating future safety issues.

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

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