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AI Express aircraft's wheels hit wall at Trichy airport on take-off, all passengers safe

Press Trust of India  |  Tiruchirappalli 

Passengers of a Dubai-bound flight had a miraculous escape when their aircraft's wheels hit a perimeter wall during take off here in the early hours of Friday, officials said.

The plane, with 136 passengers and crew members on-board, continued for and was eventually diverted to after Trichy airport officials reported to the pilots that the aircraft might have come in contact with a wall.

Nobody was hurt in the incident and the aircraft landed in at 5:35 am after being in flight for four hours, officials said.

The pilots of the aircraft have been "derostered" pending investigation, said in a statement.

"Flight IX-611 took off from Trichy for around 1.30 am Friday. It was reported by Trichy airport officials that they have observed that the aircraft might have come in contact with the airport perimeter wall.

"The matter was conveyed to the pilot in command. The pilot in command reported that the were operating normally," it said.

Officials said the plane's wheels had hit the wall.

It was decided to divert the aircraft to as a precautionary measure, the said.

"The flight diverted to Mumbai, landed safely around 5.35 am in Mumbai, and taxied on its own power to the parking stand," it said.

"The 130 passengers and six crew members on-board the aircraft were alighted safely. No one suffered any injuries," according to the statement.

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

"The pilot in command, D Ganesh Babu, has a flying experience on the aircraft of 3,600 hours, including about 500 hours as

"The First Officer, Anurag, has an experience of about 3,000 hours on the The two pilots have been derostered pending investigation," it said.

The matter has been reported to the of Civil (DGCA) and the is cooperating in the investigation, the statement said.

On Twitter, said, "Air India has constituted a Sub-Committee of the Board headed by an for looking at all safety related issues within the organisation including subsidiaries."

Officials said DGCA is probing the matter and the damage to the aircraft's belly, including the wheels, is being assessed.

"DGCA officers are at site for preliminary inquiry and officers have also been deputed," the tweeted.

Tamil visited the spot and inspected the damages to the wall, adjacent to a state highway.

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First Published: Fri, October 12 2018. 12:05 IST