Sunday, 18 November, 2018

Underbelly damaged during takeoff, Air India plane flew four hours

95k34lcg The Air India aircraft's fuselage or body was found to be be"shredded
Leonard Rios | 13 October, 2018, 08:04

Officials said that the flight had to be diverted to Mumbai Airport and the aircraft suffered some damages under the belly, however, it was later declared fit for operations following an inspection at Mumbai Airport.

The flight diverted to Mumbai and landed safely at about 5.35 AM in Mumbai and taxied on its own power to the parking stand.

One of the wheels of the plane struck the wall.

Officials said the plane's wheels had hit the wall.

Air traffic control informed the cockpit of the impact and the flight was diverted to Mumbai.

Surprisingly, the pilot was unaware of the damage caused to the plane and it was the airport officials who told the pilot in command about the damage. "The pilot in command reported that the aircraft systems were operating normally", it said.

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Later, a team of officials inspected the accident spot and found aircraft debris, indicating that the damage was significant.

In a statement, the airline said that the pilot-in-command with flying experience of 3,600 hours on Boeing 737 aircraft, including 500 hours as commander, and the first officer with about 3,000 hours of experience on the aircraft have been "de-rostered pending investigation".

The Boeing B737-800 landed safely at Mumbai Airport.

Furthermore, Air India Express has informed the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) about the matter. A regular "safety compliance report" of all airlines will also be prepared by Government aviation agencies. The Minister said safety of passengers is of "paramount importance", adding that "growth can't be at the expeneof safety".

The Air India flight which had 130 passengers and six crew members onboard took off from the Trichy airport at around 1.30 am. The communication was revived after a few minutes with ATC Mangalore that asked the pilots for an emergency landing at the Mumbai airport.

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