Air India jet hits wall, keeps flying

A large gash along the belly of the jet and multiple perforations on the engine nacelles

A large gash along the belly of the jet and multiple perforations on the engine nacelles

The passengers and crew are reported safe. However, while hurtling around the runway before take-off, two of its wheels hit the airport perimeter wall which collapsed on impact.

The Boeing B737-800 landed safely at Mumbai Airport.

The aircraft was declared fit for operations after inspection at Mumbai.

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The airport authorities have started a probe into the freak accident while technicians in Mumbai are examining the damaged aircraft.

Air India Express thereby issued a statement saying that an internal inquiry has been set up, the pilot and co-pilot have been de-rostered until the investigation is complete. The matter was conveyed to the pilot in command.




The statement said airport officials at Trichy airport said the plane "might have come in contact with the airport perimeter wall".

Later it was decided that the plane, which had "rose to high altitude" on its way to Dubai, would be diverted to Mumbai as a precaution.

It was chose to divert the aircraft to Mumbai as a precautionary measure, the airline said.

Tamil Nadu Tourism Minister N. Natarajan visited the Trichy airport and inspected the damage. The aircraft landed at around 5.30 am and taxied to its parking spot even as emergency personnel stood by.

Air traffic in India is booming but Mr Prabhu said on Twitter that the "safety of the passengers is of paramount importance for us". No one suffered any injuries. The First Officer Captain Anurag has an experience of about 3000 hours on the B 737. About incident AI express informed DGCA about it. Both pilots have been derostered pending investigation.

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