Scary time for fliers on board Air India Trichy-Dubai flight

Scary time for fliers on board Air India Trichy-Dubai flight

Scary time for fliers on board Air India Trichy-Dubai flight

It was only after the aircraft was well into its flight path that Tiruchirapally Airport officials reported that the plane may have been damaged.

Data from flight-tracking service FlightRadar24 shows that the aircraft flew most of the 1,111kms from Trichy to Mumbai at regular cruising altitude of 36,000 ft. No one was injured during the incident.

An Air India flight with 136 persons on board hit a compound wall in Trichy before takeoff. The only injuries that occurred were to the wall and the plane, according to BBC. The aircraft was en route over the Arabian sea about 900km west of Mumbai, in the Muscat airspace, when it was finally diverted. "The pilot in command reported that the aircraft systems were operating normally", it said. Teams of DGCA and Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau (AAIB) had reached Trichy and Mumbai to probe the accident and survey the damage to the aircraft. An officer told NDTV parts of the plane's antenna were found at Trichy Airport.

The pilot in command was Capt. D. Ganesh Babu who has flying experience on the B 737 aircraft of 3600 hours including about 500 hours as Commander. The pair collectively has over 6,000 flight hours logged with a Boeing 737.

The Boeing B737-800 landed safely at Mumbai Airport.

After the incident, an internal inquiry has been set up, pilot & co-pilot derostered until the investigation is done.

The Mumbai International Airport Limited ( MIAL) too issued a statement withdrawing the full emergency situation it had declared earlier. Safety of the passengers is of paramount importance for us.

"The 130 passengers and six crew members on-board the aircraft were alighted safely".

Civil aviation minister Suresh Prabhu on Friday said the government had recently ordered an independent "airline safety" review of Air India. "Growth can't be at the expense of safety", Prabhu said.

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