Published: Sat, October 13, 2018
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

Scary time for fliers on board Air India Trichy-Dubai flight

Scary time for fliers on board Air India Trichy-Dubai flight

The plane took off from the airport here around 1:30 am for Dubai, but was diverted to Mumbai where it landed at 5:35 am, airline officials said.

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

Photographs and videos show a chunk of the airport's almost five-foot perimeter wall missing. While the source said the flight had to make an emergency landing at the airport due to issues with hydraulic fuel, a spokesperson of the national carrier claimed there was a hydraulic fuel "shortage".

Passengers on a Dubai-bound Air India Express flight had a miraculous escape when their aircraft's wheels hit a perimeter wall during take off.

Parts of the plane's antenna were also found at the Trichy airport, an officer reportedly said.

The pilots, who were seemingly unaware of the damage to the Boeing 737, reported that "all systems were functioning normally".

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The passengers were then told that the plane could land in Mumbai and the permission for it had been obtained.

"The 130 passengers and six crew members on-board the aircraft were alighted safely".

Commenting on the incident, Civil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu said he had recently ordered putting in place a third-party professional organisation to look into various safety aspects at Air India. "All passengers were landed safely at Mumbai airport and another aircraft from Mumbai to Dubai was arranged", the statement further read. "No one suffered any injuries", Air India Express, the low-priced carrier owned by Air India, said in a statement.

Tamil Nadu tourism minister Vellamandi N Natrajan assessed the spot and said, "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.

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