Air India flight hits compound wall at Trichy Airport, all passengers safe

Air India flight hits compound wall at Trichy Airport, all passengers safe

Air India flight hits compound wall at Trichy Airport, all passengers safe

The airport authorities are assessing the situation here.

The flight IX-611 hit the ATC compound wall at Trichy Airport and was damaged. However, it was declared was declared fit for operations after inspection at Mumbai Airport.

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

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

Following the incident, minister Suresh Prabhu announced he has ordered to put in place a third party professional organisation to look into various safety aspects at Air India.

The jet landed in Mumbai four hours later and pictures of the damaged aircraft went viral on social media soon after it landed safely.

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Tamil Nadu Tourism Minister Vellamandi N Natarajan who assessed the spot said, "The flight with its passengers has reached Mumbai safely". The aircraft, with 136 passengers and crew on board, was damaged on its belly.

"The pilot in command was D. Ganesh Babu who has flying experience on the B 737 aircraft of 3600 hours including about 500 hours as Commander".

It was made a decision to divert the aircraft to Mumbai as a precautionary measure, the airline said. "The pilot in command reported that the aircraft systems were operating normally", it said. No one suffered any injuries. The flight's first officer Anurag has an experience of 3,000 hours on the B 737 aircraft.

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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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