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

Sergio Conner
October 12, 2018

The airline, which is India's national carrier, said in a statement that the Boeing 737 aircraft took off from Trichy Airport in southern India early on Friday without noticing that it had hit the perimeter wall. The aircraft, with 136 passengers and crew on board, was damaged on its belly.

Despite the hit the pilots continued the journey of around four hours and were apparently only informed of the hit once they were air-borne.

"The flight diverted to Mumbai and landed safely around 5.35 am in Mumbai, and taxied on its own power to the parking stand", it said. All 176 passengers and 14 crew members on board Air India flight AI-101, operating on Delhi-New York route on October 10, are safe, the source said. NDTV delivers reliable information across all platforms: TV, Internet and Mobile. All passengers have landed safely at the Mumbai airport and another aircraft from Mumbai to Dubai has also been arranged.

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It was chose to divert the aircraft to Mumbai as a precautionary measure, the airline said. However, it was declared was declared fit for operations after inspection at Mumbai Airport. The First Officer was Capt. Anurag who has an experience of about 3000 hours on the B 737.

The incident has been reported to the aviation regulator and Air India says it is "cooperating with the investigation". The pilot and co-pilot have been de-rostered till completion of the investigation.

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

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