A Dubai-bound Air India flight hit the boundary wall during take off at the Trichy Airport in Tamil Nadu last night.
The incident happened around 1.30 am when a wheel of the Air India flight IX 611 hit the localiser, also called the safety wall, at the runway just before taking off. The plane had 136 passengers and six crew members on board.
The Air India Express flight was diverted to Mumbai, where it was found that the plane had suffered extensive damage. The pilots have been grounded for an investigation.
Just after the incident, the plane lost connection with the Air traffic control (ATC). The communication was revived after a few minutes with ATC Mangalore that asked the pilots for an emergency landing at the Mumbai airport.
The flight later safely landed at the Mumbai airport at around 5.39 am where fire brigade and other departments were put on standby.
An alternative flight was arranged to take the passengers to Dubai.
“The pilot in command was Captain D. Ganesh Babu, who has a flying experience on the B 737 aircraft of 3600 hours, including about 500 hours as commander. The First Officer was Captain Anurag who has an experience of about 3000 hours on the B 737,” said its statement.
“In order to have continuous attention towards air safety, I have also ordered concerned officials to put in place a regular “safety compliance report” of all airlines. Safety of the passengers is of paramount importance for us. We will take all that’s required to put safety on top of aviation agenda. Growth can’t be at the expense of safety,” the minister tweeted.