Air India flight hits wall at Trichy airport, gets diverted to Mumbai

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. The communication was revived after a few minutes with ATC Mangalore that asked the pilots for an emergency landing at the Mumbai airport.

The flight, which took off from Tiruchirappalli airport at 1.20 am, arrived in Mumbai at 5.35 am, The Times of India reported.

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Air India Express thereby issued a statement saying that an internal inquiry has been set up, the pilot and co-pilot have been de-rostered until the investigation is complete. AI express has informed DGCA about the incident. The crew, however, chose to divert the Boeing 737 aircraft to Mumbai. Soon after the incident, Minister of Civil Aviation Suresh Prabhu spoke to the secretary and other senior officials of his department and directed them to conduct a high-level inquiry into the incident. Alternative arrangements were being made to take the passengers to Dubai from Mumbai, they said. The pilots, were reportedly unaware of the damage and reported that all systems were functioning normally. The pilot in command D Ganesh Babu has a flying experience of 3.600 hours on the B 737 aircraft, including 500 hours as a commander.

"It was chose to divert the aircraft to Mumbai as a precautionary measure". No one suffered any injuries. The First Officer was Capt. Anurag who has an experience of about 3000 hours on the B 737. "The two pilots have been derostered pending investigation", it said.

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