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

13 October, 2018, 08:07 | Author: Carlos George
  • The belly of the Air India Express aircraft was damaged after hitting the Trichy airport wall

The flight was approaching Muscat when it was redirected to Mumbai.

According to USA Today, the pilot and copilot, who have over 6,500 hours of flight experience combined, have been grounded and an investigation is underway.

The Boeing 737 then hit the upper portion of the airport perimeter wall, located about 50 feet beyond the localiser.

In a shocking news, a flight from Trichy which was Dubai bound hit the Air Traffic Control tower in addition to hitting the compound wall when it was taking off.

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"It was reported by Trichy airport officials that they have observed that the aircraft might have come in contact with the airport perimeter wall", it said. "The pilot in command reported that the aircraft systems were operating normally", it said. Luckily, airport officials spotted the collision and contacted the plane's pilots.

However, Dubai airport officials refused to allow the plane to land under the presumption that it was risky to allow it as the tyre had been slightly damaged, throwing the passengers on board into another round of anxiety. The aircraft, which took off at 1:30 am on Friday, eventually landed at Mumbai at 5:35 am. The airport authorities are assessing the situation here. An internal inquiry has been ordered and co-pilot has been de-rostered until the investigation is done. The First Officer was Capt. Anurag who has an experience of about 3000 hours on the B 737. Another flight has been arranged to take the passengers from Mumbai to Dubai, Air India said. About incident AI express informed DGCA about it.

Tamil Nadu tourism minister Vellamandi N Natrajan assessed the spot and said, "The airport authorities are assessing the situation here". In order to have continuous attention towards air safety, the ministry has also ordered concerned officials to put in place a regular "safety compliance report" of all airlines. The Minister said safety of passengers is of "paramount importance", adding that "growth can't be at the expeneof safety".

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