Dubai-Bound AI Flight Hits Trichy Airport Wall, Passengers Safe

12 October, 2018, 17:01 | Author: Myra Gill
  • Air India flight from Tiruchirappalli to Dubai hits compound wall diverted to Mumbai

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.

Flight IX 611, comprising 129 passengers and seven crew members, was diverted to and landed in Mumbai.

As a result of the impact, the antenna, a part of the west-side wall and the instrument landing system (ILS) of the flight was reportedly damaged, The Times of India reported. The extent of the damage to the aircraft was not immediately reported.

Following the incident, minister Suresh Prabhu announced he has ordered to put in place a third party professional organisation to look into various safety aspects at Air India.

But yet as a precaution, it was made a decision to divert the aircraft to Mumbai. The flight's take-off wheel allegedly hit the compound wall soon after take-off.

One of India's oldest airlines, Air India has not turned a profit since 2007.


The passengers were provided with appropriate refreshments at Mumbai and a relief aircraft was arranged to continue the flight from Mumbai to Dubai with fresh set of crew.

"Directorate general of civil aviation officers are present at the site for preliminary inquiry and officers from the Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau have also been deputed into the case", he added.

The fuselage or body of Boeing 737 aircraft which was carrying 136 passengers was extensively damaged, and officials stated it was a potentially risky situation.

Air India removed the pilots from duty pending the investigation. The First Officer Captain Anurag has an experience of about 3000 hours on the B 737.

Tamil Nadu Tourism Minister Vellamandi N Natarajan who assessed the spot said, "The flight with its passengers has reached Mumbai safely".

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