Air India flight hits wall at Trichy airport, gets diverted to Mumbai

Clay Curtis
October 12, 2018

A passenger plane travelling from the south Indian city of Trichy to Dubai sustained damage after hitting the airport wall during take off.

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. However, it was declared was declared fit for operations after inspection at Mumbai Airport.

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. 136 passengers and crew members who were on board are safe. The pilots, were reportedly unaware of the damage and reported that all systems were functioning normally.

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.

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

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

Tamil Nadu tourism minister Vellamandi N Natrajan assessed the spot and said, "The airport authorities are assessing the situation here". Air India, in its official statement, said all passengers were landed safely at Mumbai airport, adding that another aircraft from Mumbai to Dubai was arranged.

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