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

The belly of the Air India Express aircraft was damaged after hitting the Trichy airport wall

The belly of the Air India Express aircraft was damaged after hitting the Trichy airport wall

The tyres of an Air India flight, Boeing B737-800, that was flying to Dubai with 136 passengers onboard, hit the compound wall of the Trichy airport, while taking off in the early hours of Friday, 12 October.

Airport officials said that operations at the airport was not affected though the ILS has been hit.

"All passengers landed safely at Mumbai airport and another aircraft from Mumbai to Dubai was arranged", the airline said.

Meanwhile, news agency ANI reported that an internal inquiry has been set up after the incident.

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The pilot in command reported that aircraft systems were operating normally, however, diverting the flight to Mumbai was a precautionary measure.

The aircraft's wheels had hit the wall, officials here said. The matter was conveyed to the pilot in command. The aircraft, with 136 passengers and crew on board, was damaged on its belly. However, they were asked to divert to Mumbai anyway as a precaution, NDTV reported. 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. While the source said the flight had to make an emergency landing at the airport due to issues with hydraulic fuel, a spokesperson of the national carrier claimed there was a hydraulic fuel "shortage". The First Officer was Capt. Anurag who has an experience of about 3000 hours on the B 737. About incident AI express informed DGCA about it.

Tamil Nadu Tourism Minister Vellamandi N Natarajan visited Tiruchirappalli airport and inspected the accident spot.

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