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

Air India flight from Tiruchirappalli to Dubai hits compound wall diverted to Mumbai Representative Image | IANS
Patty Aguilar | 12 October, 2018, 17:00

Trichy- Dubai Air India flight with 136 passengers on board hit the ATC compound wall at Trichy Airport on Thursday and was diverted to Mumbai.

"The plane lost contact with air traffic control officials and landed in Mumbai after around four hours", an official said.

Officials said the DGCA was probing the matter and the damage to the aircraft's belly, including the wheels, is being assessed. However, airline officials said they do not have much information on which part of the aircraft had hit the antenna on ground or the damage to the aircraft.

In May 2010, an Air India Express Boeing 737-800 from Dubai with 166 people onboard, over ran the runway on landing at Mangalore airport.

Both the pilot and co-pilot have been de-rostered pending investigation.

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But yet as a precaution, it was chose to divert the aircraft to Mumbai. "The flight diverted to Mumbai and landed safely at about 5.35am in Mumbai and taxied on its own power to the parking stand".

Flight IX 611, comprising 129 passengers and seven crew members, was diverted to and landed in Mumbai.

"However, there was no emergency landing of the plane", the spokesperson said. Alternative arrangements were being made to take the passengers to Dubai from Mumbai, they said. The extent of the damage to the aircraft was not immediately reported. The First Officer was Capt. Anurag who has an experience of about 3,000 hours on the B 737.

"The aviation watchdog will investigate the entire episode".

Civil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu on Friday said the government had recently ordered an independent "airline safety" review of Air India.

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