AI Express flight brushes against wall at Tiruchi airport, all passengers safe

The belly of the Air India Express aircraft was damaged after hitting the Trichy airport wall

The pilots, were reportedly unaware of the damage and reported that all systems were functioning normally.

The Mumbai International Airport Limited ( MIAL) too issued a statement withdrawing the full emergency situation it had declared earlier.

"The 130 passengers and six crew members on-board the aircraft were alighted safely". Photos showed huge holes in the perimeter wall where the landing gear and fuselage hit.

Air India said the two pilots, who have more than 6,500 hours of flying experience between them, have been grounded, pending investigation.

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".

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Nobody was hurt in the incident and the aircraft landed in Mumbai at 5:35 am after being in flight for four hours, officials said. "No one suffered any injuries", according to the Air India Express statement. The First Officer Captain Anurag has an experience of about 3000 hours on the B 737.

It said a relief aircraft and a fresh crew was arranged to continue the flight from Mumbai to Dubai.

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.

Directorate General of Civil Aviation, which investigates aviation accidents and incidents, has been informed about the incident.

Tamil Nadu Tourism Minister Vellamandi N Natrajan, who assessed the spot, said, "The flight which was to go to Dubai during take-off had its take-off wheel hitting on the compound wall and the air traffic level".

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