Air India flight hits compound wall at Trichy airport

Air India flight hits compound wall at Trichy airport

"It was not until the Air India flight operations department asked them to divert and land in Mumbai that they turned back", said the source. As per the Mumbai airport ATC's instruction, the aircraft, which was nearing Muscat, came to Mumbai and had an emergency landing at Mumbai Airport, he added. The pilot and co-pilot have been de-rostered till completion of the investigation.

The Boeing 737 then hit the upper portion of the airport perimeter wall, located about 50 feet beyond the localiser. Officials told NDTV the two front wheels hit the wall.

The incident happened around 1.30 am when a wheel of the Air India flight IX 611 hit the localiser, also called the safety wall, at the runway just before taking off. The pilot in command reported that the aircraft systems were operating normally. The plane was landed in Mumbai and taxied to the parking stand. All passengers were landed safely at Mumbai airport & another aircraft from Mumbai to Dubai was arranged, said Air India Express. Safety of the passengers is of paramount importance for us.

"The pilot in command was D Ganesh Babu, who has flying experience on the B737 aircraft of 3,600 hours including about 500 hours as commander".

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

Chennai-based Air Passengers Association of India President Sudhakara Reddy demanded that the government take serious cognizance of the aviation safety incidents and upgrade the training and safety infrastructure accordingly.

Tamil Nadu Minister Vellamandi Natrajan visited the spot and inspected the damages to the wall, adjacent to a state highway. Airline regulator DGCA will investigate the incident, along with an independent third party organisation, as per Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu.

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