Alert airport officials at Tamil Nadu’s Trichy airport averted a what would have been a huge mishap when an Air India, country’s premier carrier, flight was diverted and landed in Mumbai airport after airport officials reported that the flight might have come into contact while take-off.
But when the pilots of the flight were told that the plane might have got damaged as it seemed to have come in contact with the airport perimeter wall, the pilots said that all system looked good.
It was only upon landing at Mumbai airport after being asked to do so as a precautionary measure that it was confirmed the plane was extensively damaged and its belly was ripped off along with signalling antenna.
Both the pilots have been de-roistered and an enquiry has been initiated informed a statement from the airline.
The flight took off at around 1:30am on Thursday night, declared a statement from the airline, adding, “It was reported by local airport officials at Tirchy, that they have observed that the aircraft might have come in contact with the airport perimeter wall and the matter was conveyed to the pilot in command, and the pilot in command said that the aircraft system were functioning properly.”
However, as a precautionary measure it was decided that the plane will be diverted to Mumbai for checks.
The aircraft landed safely in Mumbai airport at 5:35am and all the 130 passengers and six crew members were de-boarded safely.
It was upon landing that an inspection was conducted and was discovered that the aircraft’s body or fuselage was ‘shredded’. Images of the planes revealed great damage to the belly of the plane.
Top brass of the Indian aviation watchdog, the Director General of Civil Aviation, will conduct an investigation into the matter, reported sources.
Meanwhile, Indian aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu said in his tweet, “I have also ordered concerned officials to put in place a regular ‘safety compliance report’ of all airlines. Safety of the passengers is of paramount importance for us. We will take all that’s required to put safety on top of aviation agenda. Growth can’t be at the expense of safety,”