Air India plane hits wall on take-off

Minnie Murray
October 13, 2018

Air passengers escaped unhurt after an Air India flight, flying from Trichy to Dubai, with 136 passengers on board hit the ATC compound wall at Trichy Airport on Thursday during take-off.

After four hours of flying, the plane landed in Mumbai airport at 5.45 am. The first officer, Captain Anurag, has an experience of about 3,000 hours on the B737.

"The pilot in command reported that the aircraft systems were operating normally", Air India said in a statement.

Union civil aviation minister Suresh Prabhu said that he has spoken to Secretary and other senior officials and directed them to conduct a High-Level Enquiry into the incident.

While the extent of damage to the Boeing's wheels is not known, a portion of the almost five foot compound wall at the Tiruchirappalli Airport was damaged, an airport official told IANS.

"The aircraft should not have been less than 100 feet when passing the antenna". The pilots reported all operations normal. "There would have been momentary drop in speed, the wheels would not have worked looking at the damage they have suffered", he said.

It is not known whether a technical snag or pilot error led to the incident, the officials here said.

In May 2010, an Air India Express Boeing 737-800 from Dubai with 166 people onboard, over ran the runway on landing at Mangalore airport.

The pilots who seemed unaware, continued to fly for three hours until they received communication from Air Traffic Control to land in Mumbai as precaution.

DGCA has, in fact, ordered a high-level probe.

Recent Aviation Safety incidents August 3: A Jet Airways Riyadh-Mumbai flight 9W 523 with 142 passengers and 7 crew members attempts to take off from a taxiway of Riyadh global airway, overshooting the runway. The pilot and the co-pilot of the aircraft during the incident has been suspended until the investigation is completed.

"Flight IX-611 took off from Trichy for Dubai around 1.30 am Friday".

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