Dubai-bound Air India Express flight diverted after hitting wall

Arturo Kim
October 13, 2018

The aircraft was declared fit for operations after inspection at Mumbai.

Officials said DGCA is probing the matter and the damage to the aircraft's belly, including the wheels, is being assessed.

The passengers were shifted to another aircraft at Mumbai to travel to Dubai. That resulted in a small portion of the wall collapsing at two places and also damage to the fencing, he said.

According to the Indian news station NDTV, the Air India plane had been traveling down the runway at about 155 miles per hour when it struck a barrier wall on the airport's perimeter. "The pilot in command reported that the aircraft systems were operating normally", it said.

Surprisingly, the pilot was unaware of the damage caused to the plane and it was the airport officials who told the pilot in command about the damage. The plane was landed in Mumbai and taxied to the parking stand.

All 130 passengers and 6 crew members are safe.

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The different flight was arranged to take the passengers from Mumbai to Dubai.

Chennai-based Air Passengers Association of India President Sudhakara Reddy demanded that the government take serious cognizance of the aviation safety incidents and upgrade the training and safety infrastructure accordingly. The airport authorities are assessing the situation here.

The pilot commanding the Boeing, Captain D Ganesh Babu and the First Officer, Captain Anurag have been taken off Air India Express's pilot roster pending an investigation into the very serious incident.

Tamil Nadu Minister Vellamandi Natrajan visited the spot and inspected the damages to the wall, adjacent to a state highway.

Directorate General of Civil Aviation, which investigates aviation accidents and incidents, has been informed about the incident. The Minister said safety of passengers is of "paramount importance", adding that "growth can't be at the expeneof safety".

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