Air India flight with 136 on board hits airport wall (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)

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

Passengers of a Dubai-bound Air India Express flight had a miraculous escape when their aircraft's wheels hit a perimeter wall during take off here in the early hours of Friday, officials said.

The plane was then diverted to the western city of Mumbai where it landed safely. The passengers and crew are reported safe.

The incident took place at a time when the plane was moving towards the runway with 136 passengers on board. The pilot however continued to operate the aeroplane saying the systems were operatinf normally.

Air India said the two pilots were "derostered pending investigation" and the incident had been reported to the Directorate General of Civil Aviation for an investigation. It was later declared fit for operations after inspection at Mumbai airport.

It was chose to divert the aircraft to Mumbai as a precautionary measure, the airline said.

The aircraft's wheels had hit the wall, officials said.

One of India's oldest airlines, Air India has not turned a profit since 2007. The flight has landed safely in Mumbai. The First Officer was Capt. Anurag who has an experience of about 3000 hours on the B 737.

Taking to Twitter, Union Minister Suresh Prabhu said he has spoken to the secretary and other senior officials of the civil aviation department and has ordered a high-level inquiry into the incident.

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. The pilot and co-pilot have been de-rostered till completion of the investigation.

On hearing about the incident Tamil Nadu Tourism Minister N. Natarajan visited the airport and inspected the damage.

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