Officials at the airport in Tamil Nadu state "observed that aircraft might have come in contact with the airport perimeter wall", said an Air India statement. The pilots, were reportedly unaware of the damage and reported that all systems were functioning normally.
The airport authorities have started a probe into the freak accident while technicians in Mumbai are examining the damaged aircraft. The 130 passengers and 6 crew members are safe and the IX 611 flight made an emergency landing at Mumbai's Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport.
While the extent of damage to the Boeing's wheels is not known, a portion of the almost five foot compound wall at the Tiruchirappalli Airport was damaged, an airport official told IANS. The plane landed in Mumbai around 5.35 am. The matter was conveyed to the pilot in command.
The flight had got damaged under the belly and was declared fit for operations after inspection at Mumbai Airport.
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The plane was then diverted to the western city of Mumbai where it landed safely.
It was chose to divert the aircraft to Mumbai as a precautionary measure, said the spokesperson. "No one suffered any injuries", according to the Air India Express statement. The 130 passengers were moved to a new flight to Dubai.
Tamil Nadu Tourism Minister Vellamandi N Natarajan who assessed the spot said, "The flight with its passengers has reached Mumbai safely". The First Officer was Capt. Anurag who has an experience of about 3000 hours on the B 737. The pilot and co-pilot have been de-rostered till completion of the investigation.
Commenting on the incident, Civil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu said he had recently ordered putting in place a third-party professional organisation to look into various safety aspects at Air India.