Air India plane hits wall on take-off

Geneva Stokes
October 13, 2018

The flight, which took off from Tiruchirappalli airport at 1.20 am, arrived in Mumbai at 5.35 am, The Times of India reported. No one was injured during the incident.

Pictures show a deep gash on the plane, and a space in the airport wall. The pilot tried to lift off further when the tyre brushed the compound wall, airport officials said.

"Based on ADS-B data received from the aircraft, the flight bound for Dubai was not yet airborne at the end of the runway", online flight tracker Flight Radar wrote. At Mumbai, inspection of the plane revealed severe damage to the undercarriage. The matter was conveyed to the pilot in command, who reported that the aircraft systems were operating normally. "The pilots reported that the aircraft systems were operating normally and chose to continue with the flight", said a source.

It was only after the Boeing 737 came to a halt in its parking bay that the extent of damage suffered by the aircraft was known.

The pilot in command was Capt. D. Ganesh Babu who has flying experience on the B 737 aircraft of 3600 hours including about 500 hours as Commander.

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The Boeing B737-800 landed safely at Mumbai Airport.

Directorate General of Civil Aviation, which investigates aviation accidents and incidents, has been informed about the incident. In order to have continuous attention towards air safety, the ministry has also ordered concerned officials to put in place a regular "safety compliance report" of all airlines. The communication was revived after a few minutes with ATC Mangalore that asked the pilots for an emergency landing at the Mumbai airport.

Air India said in a statement shared on social media that both the captain and co-pilot have been grounded, pending investigation. "So we allowed them (to proceed)", he said.

"All passengers landed safely at Mumbai airport and another aircraft from Mumbai to Dubai was arranged", the airline said. "Growth can't be at the expense of safety", Suresh Prabhu said after the accident.

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