Air India flight hits airport wall, rips undercarriage and flies to Mumbai

Hugh Fox
October 13, 2018

The accident took place on Thursday morning at about 1:30 AM (Indian Standard Time). No one was injured during the incident.

While the Air India flight was flying over the Arabian sea on its way to Dubai, the pilots were informed by the air traffic control (ATC) that their aircraft may have come in contact with the perimeter wall at the Trichy airport.

Pictures show a deep gash on the plane, and a space in the airport wall.

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Officials said the plane's wheels had hit the wall. The aircraft was en route over the Arabian sea about 900km west of Mumbai, in the Muscat airspace, when it was finally diverted.

As the pilot continued to operate the plane, the passengers had heated exchanges with the six crew members. The matter was conveyed to the pilot in command, who reported that the aircraft systems were operating normally.

"The pilots reported all operations normal".

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"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 pair collectively has over 6,000 flight hours logged with a Boeing 737.

Replying to a question, Mr. Gunasekaran said a probe team of the directorate general of civil aviation will hold an inquiry into the incident and only then the full details will be known. A regular "safety compliance report" of all airlines will also be prepared by Government aviation agencies. "Safety of passengers is of paramount importance for us", the Minister said.

The incident has been reported to the aviation regulator and Air India says it is "cooperating with the investigation".

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K Gunasekharan, the airport director of Tiruchirapalli airport, told Mumbai Mirror, "The aircraft had a normal take off. Growth can't be at the expense of safety", Suresh Prabhu said after the accident. All passengers have landed safely at the Mumbai airport and another aircraft from Mumbai to Dubai has also been arranged.

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