Air India flight hits airport wall before take-off

Pauline Gross
October 12, 2018

The pilots, were reportedly unaware of the damage and reported that all systems were functioning normally.

Nobody was hurt in the incident and the aircraft landed in Mumbai at 5:35 am after being in flight for four hours, officials said.

The Air Traffic Control contacted the pilots and questioned if the "aircraft might have come in contact with the wall".

The aircraft's wheels had hit the wall, officials here said.

After the incident, an internal inquiry has been set up. Despite the damage, the pilot and co-pilot managed to divert the plane. The passengers and crew are reported safe.

The flight Took off from Trichy at 1.30 am and made an emergency landing at Mumbaiat 5.39 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". No one suffered any injuries.

Another flight was arranged to take the passengers from Mumbai to Dubai.

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

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.

Officials said the DGCA was probing the matter and the damage to the aircraft's belly, including the wheels, is being assessed. The flight's first officer Anurag has an experience of 3,000 hours on the B 737 aircraft. The pilot and co-pilot have been de-rostered till completion of the investigation.

Tamil Nadu tourism minister Vellamandi N Natrajan assessed the spot and said, "The airport authorities are assessing the situation here".

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