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

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

The passengers and the crew of an Air India Express flight to Dubai from Tiruchi had a fortuitous escape after the aircraft hit a Instrument Landing System (ILS) antenna on ground and brushed against the compound wall of the airport while take off early on Friday morning. The 130 passengers and 6 crew members are safe and the IX 611 flight made an emergency landing at Mumbai's Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport. Another flight has been arranged to take the passengers from Mumbai to Dubai, Air India said.

Air India Express stated that after the incident internal inquiry has been set up, pilot and co-pilot de-rostered until the investigation is over.

"The plane lost contact with air traffic control officials and landed in Mumbai after around four hours", an official said. The matter was conveyed to the pilot in command.

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

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"It was chose to divert the aircraft to Mumbai as a precautionary measure". It said it had informed the Directorate General of Civil Aviation about the incident.

The flight diverted to Mumbai and landed safely at about 5.35 AM in Mumbai and taxied on its own power to the parking stand. No one suffered any injuries.

"The pilot in command, Captain D Ganesh Babu, has a flying experience on the B737 aircraft of 3,600 hours, including about 500 hours as commander". The First Officer was Capt. Anurag who has an experience of about 3000 hours on the B 737.

The plane's two pilots have been suspended pending an investigation.

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