An Air India Express flight to Dubai from Tamil Nadu's Tiruchirappalli airport, carrying 136 passengers, had a miraculous escape during take-off early Friday morning.
The airline also said that refreshments were served to the passengers at the Mumbai airport following which another aircraft was arranged to continue the flight to Dubai with a fresh team of crew.
Air India flight with 136 passengers hits wall at Trichy airport, all safe
The passengers were shifted to another aircraft at Mumbai to travel to Dubai.
An internal inquiry has been ordered and co-pilot has been de-rostered until the investigation is done. 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. 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". However, they were asked to divert to Mumbai anyway as a precaution, NDTV reported.More news: Federal agents foil terror plot planned for election day in DC
The flight later safely landed at the Mumbai airport at around 5.39 am where fire brigade and other departments were put on standby. The First Officer, Captain Anurag, has an experience of about 3,000 hours on the B737. AI express has informed DGCA about the incident.
The plane's two pilots have been suspended pending an investigation.More news: Arrested US student fights entry ban at Israeli court
Tamil Nadu Minister Vellamandi Natrajan visited the spot and inspected the damages to the wall, adjacent to a state highway.More news: Ryan Coogler to Write and Direct ‘Black Panther 2’
- Unscathed by Hurricane Michael, Lake City friends test their luck
- Cyclone Titli threatens to bring back Hudhud’s wrath
- Eagles RB Ajayi suffers torn ACL against Vikings
- Venezuela says jailed lawmaker took his own life
- Application Kicks Off Battle Against Predators — Instagram Against Bullying
- President Trump, Kanye West to have White House lunch
- Dakota Johnson not pregnant as she denies baby rumours to Ellen
- Huawei to sell servers with its own chips in cloud computing push
- USA in 'secret deal' with Turkey to release pastor
- England vs Croatia: Three Lions to play in empty stadium