Published: Fri, October 12, 2018
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

Air India flight with 136 on board hits airport wall (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)

Air India flight with 136 on board hits airport wall (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)

A Dubai-bound Air India flight hit the boundary wall of the airport in Tamil Nadu's Trichy.

An Air India passenger plane made an emergency landing in Mumbai after hitting a wall during take-off, damaging the aircraft.

"The flight diverted to Mumbai and landed safely around 5.35 am in Mumbai, and taxied on its own power to the parking stand", it said.

The passengers were shifted to another aircraft at Mumbai to travel to Dubai. NDTV delivers reliable information across all platforms: TV, Internet and Mobile. About incident AI express informed DGCA about it. 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. The pilots, were reportedly unaware of the damage and reported that all systems were functioning normally.

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Hurtling down the Trichy airport runway at 250 kilometres per hour, an Air India Express Boeing 737-800 struck poles at the end of the runway, rammed into the perimeter wall but still managed to fly.

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

It was made a decision to divert the aircraft to Mumbai as a precautionary measure, the airline said. The First Officer was Capt. Anurag who has an experience of about 3,000 hours on the B 737.

Tamil Nadu Tourism Minister Vellamandi N Natarajan visited Tiruchirappalli airport and inspected the accident spot. Both pilots have been derostered pending investigation.

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