Air India plane hits wall on take-off

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130 passengers and six crew members escaped narrowly.


The passengers were shifted to another aircraft at Mumbai to travel to Dubai. The pilot and the co-pilot of the aircraft during the incident has been suspended until the investigation is completed. It was reported by Trichy airport officials that they have observed that the aircraft might have come in contact with the airport perimeter wall.

An Air India passenger plane made an emergency landing in Mumbai after hitting a wall during take-off, damaging the aircraft.

Civil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu on Friday ordered a high level enquiry into a serious incident on Friday when a Dubai-bound Air India Express aircraft's wheels hit a perimeter wall during take off at Trichy airport in Tamil Nadu in the early hours of Friday.

Another officer said, "We had reported this to the pilot". Despite the damage, the pilot and co-pilot managed to divert the plane.

The incident comes only weeks after a Jet Airways plane had to return to Mumbai because the crew didn't properly pressurize the cabin.

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Another flight was arranged to take the passengers from Mumbai to Dubai.

After four hours of flying, the plane landed in Mumbai airport at 5.45 am. The airport authorities are assessing the situation here.

In May 2010, an Air India Express Boeing 737-800 from Dubai with 166 people onboard, over ran the runway on landing at Mangalore airport.

Air India said in a statement shared on social media that both the captain and co-pilot have been grounded, pending investigation.

"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".

The Air India Express said that the airline had informed the aviation regulator, Directorate General of Civil Aviation, about the incident. "So we allowed them (to proceed)", he said.