An Air India flight with 136 passengers on board hit a wall at the Trichy Airport on Thursday and had to be diverted to Mumbai, news agency ANI reported. The aircraft, with 136 passengers and crew on board, was damaged on its belly. The Air India Express flight was diverted to Mumbai after two of its wheels hit the wall at 1:19 am.
Air India IX 611, which was carrying 130 passengers and six crew members, was diverted to Mumbai, where it landed safely. NDTV delivers reliable information across all platforms: TV, Internet and Mobile.
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.
Hurtling down the Trichy airport runway at 250 kilometres per hour, an Air India Express Boeing 737-800 struck poles at the end of the runway, rammed into the perimeter wall but still managed to fly.
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"It was chose to divert the aircraft to Mumbai as a precautionary measure". It was later declared fit for operations after inspection at Mumbai airport.
Tamil Nadu tourism minister Vellamandi N Natrajan assessed the spot and said, "The airport authorities are assessing the situation here".
"Directorate general of civil aviation officers are present at the site for preliminary inquiry and officers from the Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau have also been deputed into the case", he added. The pilot and co-pilot have been de-rostered till completion of the investigation.