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

Passengers of a Dubai-bound Air India Express flight escaped unhurt after their aircraft hit a wall at the airport here in the early hours of Friday, officials said.

Air India flight hits compound wall at Trichy Airport.

Airport officials said that operations at the airport was not affected though the ILS has been hit.

It said a relief aircraft and a fresh crew was arranged to continue the flight from Mumbai to Dubai.

After the incident internal inquiry has been set up, pilot&co-pilot derostered till investigation is done.

As a result of the impact, the antenna, a part of the west-side wall and the instrument landing system (ILS) of the flight was reportedly damaged, The Times of India reported.

"The plane lost contact with air traffic control officials and landed in Mumbai after around four hours", an official said. The plane had 130 passengers and six crew members on board. The airline said that Directorate General of Civil Aviation had also been informed about the incident.

The flight Took off from Trichy at 1.30 am and made an emergency landing at Mumbaiat 5.39 am. However, they were asked to divert to Mumbai anyway as a precaution, NDTV reported. The First Officer, Captain Anurag, has an experience of about 3,000 hours on the B737. The pilot and co-pilot have been de-rostered till completion of the investigation.

Tamil Nadu Tourism Minister Vellamandi N Natarajan visited Tiruchirappalli airport and inspected the accident spot.

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