Air India Flight Hit Trichy Airport Wall During Take-Off, 136 On Board

The belly of the Air India Express aircraft was damaged after hitting the Trichy airport wall

The belly of the Air India Express aircraft was damaged after hitting the Trichy airport wall

An Air India Express flight to Dubai from Tamil Nadu's Tiruchirappalli airport, carrying 136 passengers, had a miraculous escape during take-off early Friday morning.

The incident took place at a time when the plane was moving towards the runway with 136 passengers on board.

The aircraft was declared fit for operations after inspection at Mumbai.

Air India IX 611, which was carrying 130 passengers and six crew members, was diverted to Mumbai, where it landed safely.

In a statement, Air India Express said that an internal inquiry had been set up and the pilot and co-pilot of the flight had been derostered pending investigation into the incident. However, they were asked to divert to Mumbai anyway as a precaution, NDTV reported.

The flight Took off from Trichy at 1.30 am and made an emergency landing at Mumbaiat 5.39 am. The crew, however, chose to divert the Boeing 737 aircraft to Mumbai.

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

The pilot in command was Capt. D. Ganesh Babu who has flying experience on the B 737 aircraft of 3600 hours including about 500 hours as Commander.

The incident has been reported to the aviation regulator and Air India says it is "cooperating with the investigation". Officials said DGCA is probing the matter and the damage to the aircraft is being assessed.

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

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