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Air India plane survives disaster after hitting wall (Third Lead)

IANS  |  Trichy/Mumbai 

Passengers and crew on board an flight from in to escaped a disaster early on Friday when the aircraft's wheels hit the airport's outer wall while taking off.

Although parts of B737-800's undercarriage were damaged, the pilots, unaware of the accident, continued to fly until the airport staff informed them about the damage to the plane, which was diverted to and landed there four hours later around 5.40 a.m.

The flight IX-611, with 130 passengers and six crew, had taken off at around 1.20 a.m.

"We informed the pilot about the hit," Airport Director told IANS on telephone.

"The pilot said nothing was wrong with the plane as the systems were functioning normally. But we found some parts of the plane like an antenna on the ground. Later the flight was diverted to Mumbai," Gunasekaran said.

The said the plane had hit the airport's

A portion of the nearly five foot tall compound wall at the Airport was damaged, an airport told IANS.

"The total length of the runway is 8,200 feet. The takeoff point would vary depending on the type of aircraft," he said.

Queried about the load carried by the plane and its capacity, he said the details were being collected.

Once the aircraft made a safe but emergency landing in Mumbai, the passengers were flown to in another plane with a fresh set of crew.

Pending investigation, Air India has derostered both D. Ganesh Babu, who has flying experience of 3,600 hours on including 500 hours as commander, Anurag, who has flying experience of around 3,000 hours.

Authorities have started a probe into the accident while technicians in were examining the damaged aircraft.

Tourism visited the airport and inspected the damage.

Commenting on the incident, Civil Aviation said he had recently ordered putting in place a third-party professional organisation to look into various safety aspects at Air India.

"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 passengers is of paramount importance for us," the said.

Prabhu added that aviation "growth can't be at the expense of safety".



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First Published: Fri, October 12 2018. 14:44 IST