Flight hits compound wall at take-off, all passengers safe

Flight hits compound wall at take-off, all passengers safe

Flight hits compound wall at take-off, all passengers safe

The flight IX-611 (Air India Express) had got damaged under the belly but was declared fit for operations after inspection at Mumbai Airport.

The fuselage or body of Boeing 737 aircraft which was carrying 136 passengers was extensively damaged, and officials stated it was a potentially risky situation. It was only when the plane landed in Mumbai that it was found that the main body of an aircraft was practically "destroyed".

According to USA Today, the pilot and copilot, who have over 6,500 hours of flight experience combined, have been grounded and an investigation is underway.

The top portion of the airport boundary wall collapsed following the accident.

In a shocking news, a flight from Trichy which was Dubai bound hit the Air Traffic Control tower in addition to hitting the compound wall when it was taking off.

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Air India flight hits compound wall at Trichy Airport. "The pilots reported that the aircraft systems were operating normally and chose to continue with the flight", said a source. The pilots, were reportedly unaware of the damage and reported that all systems were functioning normally.

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

All 136 passengers and crew aboard the Boeing 737 landed safely at another airport and were put on another flight to Dubai, officials said. The accident took place on Thursday morning at about 1:30 AM (Indian Standard Time). The first officer was captain Anurag, who has an experience of about 3,000 hours on the B737. Airline regulator DGCA will investigate the incident, along with an independent third party organisation, as per Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu.

All passengers were deboarded and an alternative flight was arranged to take them to Dubai with a fresh set of crew. A regular "safety compliance report" of all airlines will also be prepared by Government aviation agencies.

The pilots of the aircraft have been "derostered" pending investigation, Air India Express said in a statement. "So we allowed them (to proceed)", he said.

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