Air India flight with 136 on board hits airport wall (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)

Elias Hubbard
October 12, 2018

A Dubai-bound Air India flight hit a compound wall at Tiruchirappalli International Airport early on Friday and was diverted to Mumbai, reported ANI.

The incident took place at a time when the plane was moving towards the runway with 136 passengers on board. The communication was revived after a few minutes with ATC Mangalore that asked the pilots for an emergency landing at the Mumbai airport. Alternative arrangements were being made to take the passengers to Dubai from Mumbai, they said. "The pilot in command reported that the aircraft systems were operating 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. 136 passengers and crew members who were on board are safe.

"It was made a decision to divert the aircraft to Mumbai as a precautionary measure". The flight has landed safely in Mumbai. 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.

"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 two pilots have been de-rostered pending investigation.

Airport sources said one of the three VHF antennae on the aircraft was believed to have been damaged in the incident.

Tamil Nadu tourism minister Vellamandi N Natrajan assessed the spot and said, "The airport authorities are assessing the situation here".

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