Flight with 133 on board grazes wall at Trichy airport

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Air India flight hits compound wall at Trichy Airport. The pilots, were reportedly unaware of the damage and reported that all systems were functioning normally. The communication was revived after a few minutes with ATC Mangalore that asked the pilots for an emergency landing at the Mumbai airport. All 176 passengers and 14 crew members on board Air India flight AI-101, operating on Delhi-New York route on October 10, are safe, the source said. However, while hurtling around the runway before take-off, two of its wheels hit the airport perimeter wall which collapsed on impact.

The incident took place around 1.20 am and the flight landed around 5:35 am in Mumbai.

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Both the pilot and co-pilot have been de-rostered pending investigation. The matter was conveyed to the pilot in command.

The jet landed in Mumbai four hours later and pictures of the damaged aircraft went viral on social media soon after it landed safely.

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The plane reached cruising altitude and flew for three hours before it was diverted to Mumbai as a precaution. "No one suffered any injuries", according to the Air India Express statement. Another flight has been arranged to take the passengers from Mumbai to Dubai, Air India said. AI express has informed DGCA about the incident.

On Twitter, Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu said, "Air India has constituted a Sub-Committee of the Board headed by an Independent Director of the Board for looking at all safety related issues within the organisation including subsidiaries". The First Officer was Capt. Anurag who has an experience of about 3,000 hours on the B 737.

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Tamil Nadu Tourism Minister N. Natarajan visited the Trichy airport and inspected the damage.

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