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Air India Express plane hits Trichy airport compound wall, lands safely in Mumbai

The incident happened while the Air India Express plane was taking off from here around 1.20 am on Friday

However, the Boeing B737-800 aircraft landed safely at Mumbai airport around 5.35 am, after abandoning its journey to Dubai.

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. Enroute when pilots realised the aircraft had a problem, they carried out an emergency landing in Mumbai at about 5.35am.

An Air India Express spokesperson said: "After flight IX 611 from Trichy to Dubai had taken off from Trichy at about 1.30 am today, it was reported by local Airport officials at Trichy that they have observed that Aircraft might have come in contact with the airport perimeter wall. The matter was conveyed to the pilot in command. The pilot in command reported that the aircraft systems were operating normally".

It was decided to divert the aircraft to Mumbai as a precautionary measure, said the spokesperson.

"The flight diverted to Mumbai and landed safely at about 5.35am in Mumbai and taxied on its own power to the parking stand. All 130 passengers and 6 crew members on board the aircraft alighted safely. No one suffered any injuries," the official statement said.

"The passengers were provided with appropriate refreshments at Mumbai and a relief aircraft was arranged to continue the flight from Mumbai to Dubai with fresh set of crew," said AIX.

"The two pilots have been derostered pending investigation. The matter has been duly reported to the DGCA and the airline is fully cooperating with the investigation" the spokesperson said.

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