Friday, 16 November, 2018

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

Air India's Trichy Dubai flight has narrow escape after hitting wall Air India flight with 136 on board hits airport wall (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)
Ellis Copeland | 12 October, 2018, 17:03

Captain Babu reported that the aircraft system were operating normally but diverted the flight to Mumbai as "a precautionary measure", said an Air India official.

An Air India flight scraped a brick wall on takeoff Friday, leaving gashes along the under belly of the airliner's fuselage and forcing it to make an emergency landing. The flight's take-off wheel allegedly hit the compound wall soon after take-off.

Air India said the two pilots, who have more than 6,500 hours of flying experience between them, have been grounded, pending investigation.

The plane was then diverted to Mumbai, where it landed safely - although the aircraft sustained some damage.

130 passengers and six crew members escaped narrowly.

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The aircraft, which took off at 1:30 am was finally diverted to Mumbai at 5:35 am. The matter was conveyed to the pilot in command.

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

One of India's oldest airlines, Air India has not turned a profit since 2007.

It said a relief aircraft and a fresh crew was arranged to continue the flight from Mumbai to Dubai. The flight's first officer Anurag has an experience of 3,000 hours on the B 737 aircraft.

Commenting on the incident, Civil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu said he had recently ordered putting in place a third-party professional organisation to look into various safety aspects at Air India.

"DGCA officers are at site for preliminary inquiry and Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau officers have also been deputed", the minister tweeted.

Tamil Nadu Tourism Minister N. Natarajan visited the Trichy airport and inspected the damage.

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