Published: Fri, October 12, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Air India 737 makes emergency landing after hitting wall on takeoff

Air India 737 makes emergency landing after hitting wall on takeoff

The aircraft took off early Friday from Trichy in Tamil Nadu when air traffic controllers warned the pilots they may have hit the wall.

Flight IX 611, comprising 129 passengers and seven crew members, was diverted to and landed in Mumbai.

The aircraft, which took off at 1:30 am was finally diverted to Mumbai at 5:35 am. The 130 passengers were moved to a new flight to Dubai.

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Though the pilot in command "reported that the aircraft systems were operating normally, " there was a decision to divert the jet to Mumbai as a "precautionary measure".

NDTV is one of the leaders in the production and broadcasting of un-biased and comprehensive news and entertainment programmes in India and overseas. "No one suffered any injuries", the official statement said.

After the incident, an internal inquiry has been set up. "The plane might have overshot the runway", an official of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation told media.

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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 pilot in command, Captain D Ganesh Babu, has a flying experience on the B737 aircraft of 3,600 hours, including about 500 hours as commander". Both pilots have been derostered pending investigation.

Officials said the DGCA was probing the matter and the damage to the aircraft's belly, including the wheels, is being assessed. The First Officer was Capt. Anurag who has an experience of about 3000 hours on the B 737.

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Tamil Nadu tourism minister Vellamandi N Natrajan assessed the spot and said, "The airport authorities are assessing the situation here".

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