Monday, 17 December, 2018

Dubai-Bound AI Flight Hits Trichy Airport Wall, Passengers Safe

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Jeannette Daniel | 12 October, 2018, 13:02

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

The airline said in a statement that the Boeing 737 aircraft took off from Trichy airport in southern India early on Friday when airport officials "observed that aircraft might have come in contact with the airport perimeter wall".

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

The pilots of the aircraft have been "derostered" pending investigation, Air India Express said in a statement. The pilots, were reportedly unaware of the damage and reported that all systems were functioning normally. However, they were asked to divert to Mumbai anyway as a precaution, NDTV reported. The flight's take-off wheel allegedly hit the compound wall soon after take-off. 136 passengers and crew members who were on board are safe.

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The engineering team is assessing the damages, they said, adding that a ferry flight was sent from Kochi to fly the passengers stranded in Mumbai to their destination.

Tamil Nadu tourism minister Vellamandi N Natrajan assessed the spot and said, "The airport authorities are assessing the situation here". All passengers have landed safely at the Mumbai airport and another aircraft from Mumbai to Dubai has also been arranged. The First Officer, Captain Anurag, has an experience of about 3,000 hours on the B737.

Air India has taken the pilot and co-pilot off duties pending an investigation and the Directorate-General of Civil Aviation has been informed of the incident, the airline tweeted.

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