Underbelly damaged during takeoff, Air India plane flew four hours

Officials inspect the compound wall at Trichy airport after the incident

Officials inspect the compound wall at Trichy airport after the incident

The plane had sustained significant damage in its belly, but the pilots continued to fly before being asked to divert to Mumbai.

Also in September, an Air India aircraft landed on the wrong runway, which was under-construction, posing a threat to the lives of 136 passengers and four crew members on board.

The passengers were shifted to another aircraft at Mumbai to travel to Dubai.

The pilots Captain D Ganesh Babu and The First Officer Captain Anurag have been grounded for investigation. That resulted in a small portion of the wall collapsing at two places and also damage to the fencing, he said.

An Air India passenger plane made an emergency landing in Mumbai after hitting a wall during take-off, damaging the aircraft.

Air India Express in its statement said the Air Traffic Control contacted the pilots that the aircraft "might have come in contact" with the airport perimeter wall.

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Another officer said, "We had reported this to the pilot". The plane was landed in Mumbai and taxied to the parking stand.

At 5.35 AM Friday, after nearly four hours in flight, the aircraft landed in Mumbai.

The airport authorities have started a probe into the freak accident while technicians in Mumbai are examining the damaged aircraft.

"The pilot in command reported that the aircraft systems were operating normally", Air India said in a statement.

The pilot in command, Captain D Ganesh Babu, has a flying experience on the B 737 aircraft of 3600 hours while the First Officer, Captain Anurag, has an experience of almost 3000 hours on the B 737. "No one suffered any injuries", Air India Express, the low-priced carrier owned by Air India, said in a statement. "Safety of passengers is of paramount importance for us", the Minister said.

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

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