Close shave for 136 people as craft’s belly grazes wall
Mumbai: In a potentially major aviation catastrophe, an Air India Express aircraft IX-611 – on its way to Dubai from Tiruchirapalli (Trichy) airport – hit the localizer antenna and the nearby brick boundary wall during takeoff. The incident took place in the wee hours of Friday.
The flight remained airborne for around four hours with severe damage to its underbelly before landing at Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIA) at about 5:35 am. Turn to P4
Air India Express flight IX611 takes off from Trichy for Dubai at 1.30 am on Friday. The aircraft’s wheels hit the perimeter wall, ILS while taking off. With 136 people on board, the flight continues to Dubai. Trichy Airport officials notice a section of the perimeter wall is damaged and alert pilots Pilots say aircraft systems were operating normally. Later, it is found that the fuselage of the plane and wheels are damaged. Plane lands in Mumbai at 5:35 am, after being in air for four hours. All the passengers are safe. The pilots are derostered, pending investigation.