Air India 737 makes emergency landing after hitting wall on takeoff

Air India flight from Tiruchirappalli to Dubai hits compound wall diverted to Mumbai

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The extent of the damage to the aircraft was not immediately reported. It was later declared fit for operations after inspection at Mumbai airport.

It was reported by Trichy airport officials that they have observed that the aircraft might have come in contact with the airport perimeter wall.

While the extent of damage to the Boeing's wheels is not known, a portion of the almost five foot compound wall at the Tiruchirappalli Airport was damaged, an airport official told IANS.

The aircraft sustained major damage to its underbelly and undercarriage but the pilots, unaware of the damage, continued with the flight instead of returning to land in Trichy. All passengers are safe. The Air India Express flight was diverted to Mumbai after two of its wheels hit the wall at 1:19 am. The matter was conveyed to the pilot in command.

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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 plane might have overshot the runway", an official of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation told media. However, they were asked to divert to Mumbai anyway as a precaution, NDTV reported.

One of India's oldest airlines, Air India has not turned a profit since 2007. The First Officer was Capt. Anurag who has an experience of about 3,000 hours on the B 737.

"DGCA officers are at site for preliminary inquiry and Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau officers have also been deputed", the minister tweeted.

Tamil Nadu Tourism Minister Vellamandi N Natrajan, who assessed the spot, said, "The flight which was to go to Dubai during take-off had its take-off wheel hitting on the compound wall and the air traffic level".

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