The aircraft took off early Friday from Trichy in Tamil Nadu when air traffic controllers warned the pilots they may have hit the wall. All 130 passengers and six crew members on board the aircraft were alighted safely.
As a result of the impact, the antenna, a part of the west-side wall and the instrument landing system (ILS) of the flight was reportedly damaged, The Times of India reported. The pilot however continued to operate the aeroplane saying the systems were operatinf normally.
It was chose to divert the aircraft to Mumbai as a precautionary measure, said the spokesperson. However, while hurtling around the runway before take-off, two of its wheels hit the airport perimeter wall which collapsed on impact. No one suffered any injuries.
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. The First Officer was Capt. Anurag who has an experience of about 3000 hours on the B 737.
Officials said the DGCA was probing the matter and the damage to the aircraft's belly, including the wheels, is being assessed.
Tamil Nadu Minister Vellamandi Natrajan visited the spot and inspected the damages to the wall, adjacent to a state highway.
Air India has grounded two pilots after one of its jets carrying 136 people hit an airport perimeter wall on takeoff and then flew for nearly four hours with a damaged body.
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