Air India Express flight makes emergency landing in Mumbai

Air India's Trichy Dubai flight has narrow escape after hitting wall

It was only after the aircraft was well into its flight path that Tiruchirapally Airport officials reported that the plane may have been damaged.

The fuselage or body of Boeing 737 aircraft which was carrying 136 passengers was extensively damaged, and officials stated it was a potentially unsafe situation.

According to local residents residing near Tiruchy-Pudukkottai national highway, fortunately, when the aircraft crashed the compound wall, also very close to the National highway, there was no bus or lorry movement then; otherwise a major mishap could have taken place, the residents said.

The statement said airport officials at Trichy airport said the plane "might have come in contact with the airport perimeter wall".

Another officer said, "We had reported this to the pilot".

The pilots, who were seemingly unaware of the damage to the Boeing 737, reported that "all systems were functioning normally". The aircraft landed at around 5.30 am and taxied to its parking spot even as emergency personnel stood by.

The Air India flight which had 130 passengers and six crew members onboard took off from the Trichy airport at around 1.30 am. "So we allowed them (to proceed)", he said. The first officer was captain Anurag, who has an experience of about 3,000 hours on the B737.

A DGCA official said an internal inquiry has been ordered following the incident, and the pilot and the co-pilot have been derostered as the probe is pending. The airport authorities are assessing the situation here.

The Air India Express said that the airline had informed the aviation regulator, Directorate General of Civil Aviation, about the incident. "No one suffered any injuries", Air India Express, the low-priced carrier owned by Air India, said in a statement.

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

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