Air India pilots keep flying despite takeoff mishap

13 October, 2018, 08:07 | Author: Emmett Rice
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The flight took a U-turn and landed safely at Mumbai airport four hours after take-off.

The fuselage or body of Boeing 737 aircraft which was carrying 136 passengers was extensively damaged, and officials stated it was a potentially risky situation. As per the Mumbai airport ATC's instruction, the aircraft, which was nearing Muscat, came to Mumbai and had an emergency landing at Mumbai Airport, he added. The pilot and the co-pilot of the aircraft during the incident has been suspended until the investigation is completed.

The Boeing 737 then hit the upper portion of the airport perimeter wall, located about 50 feet beyond the localiser.

The aircraft's wheels had hit the wall, officials here said.

Parts of the plane's antenna were also found at the Trichy airport, an officer reportedly said. Despite the damage, the pilot and co-pilot managed to divert the plane.

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"The flight was diverted to Mumbai and landed safely at about 5.35 am in Mumbai and taxied on its own power to the parking stand".

The pilot in command was Capt. D. Ganesh Babu who has flying experience on the B 737 aircraft of 3600 hours including about 500 hours as Commander.

After the incident, an internal inquiry has been set up, pilot & co-pilot derostered until the investigation is done. The first officer was captain Anurag, who has an experience of about 3,000 hours on the B737. About incident AI express informed DGCA about it.

Air India Express sources told DC that all the Dubai-bound passengers were sent to their destination by an alternative aircraft. "So we allowed them (to proceed)", he said. It is not yet known why the Air India flight carried on to Mumbai, instead of diverting to Bengaluru, Chennai, Hyderabad or any other airport nearby.

Tamil Nadu Tourism Minister N. Natarajan visited the Trichy airport and inspected the damage.



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