Air India Flight Hit Trichy Airport Wall During Take-Off, 136 On Board

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The tyres of a Dubai-bound Air India Express plane with 130 passengers onboard hit the compound wall of the Trichy global airport while the aircraft was taking off from here around 1.20 am on Friday, damaging an ILS (instrument landing system) antenna and a small portion of the west side wall. However, airline officials said they do not have much information on which part of the aircraft had hit the antenna on ground or the damage to the aircraft.

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

There were 136 people on Flight IX 611, which was headed to Dubai but was diverted to Mumbai as a "precautionary measure", Air India officials said in a statement.

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Air India said the two pilots were "derostered pending investigation" and the incident had been reported to India's Directorate General of Civil Aviation for an investigation.

Officials at the airport in Tamil Nadu state "observed that aircraft might have come in contact with the airport perimeter wall", said an Air India statement.

The Boeing 737 took off at around 1:30 a.m. local time, and landed in Mumbai at 5:35 a.m.

The pilots - who had a combined flying experience of 6,600 hours on a Boeing 737 - reported that their aircraft systems were operating normally.

Following the incident, minister Suresh Prabhu announced he has ordered to put in place a third party professional organisation to look into various safety aspects at Air India.

One of India's oldest airlines, Air India has not turned a profit since 2007.

The pilots Captain D Ganesh Babu and The First Officer Captain Anurag have been grounded for investigation.

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