Monday, 15 October, 2018

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

Air India flight from Tiruchirappalli to Dubai hits compound wall diverted to Mumbai Representative Image | IANS
Melinda Barton | 12 October, 2018, 13:05

Trichy: An internal inquiry has been set up by Air India Express after their Dubai-bound flight from Trichy, with 136 passengers on board, hit the Air Traffic Control (ATC) compound wall on Thursday at the Trichy Airport, and was subsequently diverted to Mumbai.

The plane took off from the Trichy airport around 1:20 am for Dubai, but was diverted to Mumbai where it landed at 5:20 am, airline officials told PTI. The matter was conveyed to the pilot in command.

Air India flight hits compound wall at Trichy Airport. The crew, however, chose to divert the Boeing 737 aircraft to Mumbai. 136 passengers and crew members who were on board are safe. "The pilot in command reported that the aircraft systems were operating normally". "Air India has constituted a sub-committee and is looking into all safety-related issues within the organisation, including subsidiaries", he said.

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

It said a relief aircraft and a fresh crew was arranged to continue the flight from Mumbai to Dubai.

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

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

Airport officials said that operations at the airport was not affected though the ILS has been hit.

Airport sources said one of the three VHF antennae on the aircraft was believed to have been damaged in the incident.