Tyres of an Air India flight, Boeing B737-800, that was flying to Dubai with 130 passengers onboard, hit the compound wall of the Trichy airport, while taking off in the early hours today.
The incident took place around 1.20 am.
As a result of the impact, the antenna, a part of the west-side wall and the instrument landing system (ILS) of the flight was reportedly damaged, reported.
Despite the damage, the pilot and co-pilot managed to divert the plane and land safely in Mumbai, after abandoning its journey to the final destination. The flight landed in Mumbai around 5.35 am.
The passengers were then transferred to another flight travelling from Mumbai to Dubai, reported.
Following the incident, Air India put out a statement, saying that an internal inquiry into the incident has been launched and that the pilot and co-pilot have been derostered by the relevant authorities, until the investigations into the incident have been completed, reported.
Those conducting the investigations told that while they weren’t sure of what caused the incident, a bird hitting the engine could be a likely reason.
Tamil Nadu Tourism Minister Vellamandi N Natarajan also visited the airport in the morning.>