Wednesday, 17 October, 2018

Air India flight hits airport wall before take-off

Air India flight from Tiruchirappalli to Dubai hits compound wall diverted to Mumbai Representative Image | IANS
Steven Clarke | 12 October, 2018, 13:01

A Dubai-bound Air India flight hit the boundary wall of the airport in Tamil Nadu's Trichy. The 130 passengers and 6 crew members are safe and the IX 611 flight made an emergency landing at Mumbai's Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport. Nobody was hurt in the incident and the aircraft landed in Mumbai at 5:35 am after being in flight for four hours, officials said.

A statement by Air India Express said an internal investigation into the incident has been ordered, and the pilot and co-pilot have been de-rostered until the inquiry is completed, ANI reported.

Directorate General of Civil Aviation, which investigates aviation accidents and incidents, has been informed about the incident.

The aircraft's wheels had hit the wall, officials said. Alternative arrangements were being made to take the passengers to Dubai from Mumbai, they said.

It is yet to be ascertained whether a technical snag or pilot error was responsible for the incident, they added.

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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 matter was conveyed to the pilot in command.

Tamil Nadu Minister Vellamandi Natrajan visited the spot and inspected the damages to the wall, adjacent to a state highway.

"It was chose to divert the aircraft to Mumbai as a precautionary measure".

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. Both pilots have been derostered pending investigation.

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