Fortuitous escape for passengers, crew as aircraft brushes compound wall at Tiruchi airport

Fortuitous escape for passengers, crew as aircraft brushes compound wall at Tiruchi airport

Fortuitous escape for passengers, crew as aircraft brushes compound wall at Tiruchi airportA senior official of the airport said investigations were on to find out the reason for the incident.

Passengers and crew of an Air India Express flight bound for Dubai from Tiruchi had a fortuitous escape after the aircraft hit a Instrument Landing System (ILS) antenna on ground and brushed against the compound wall of the airport while take off early on Friday morning. All 129 passengers and seven crew members on board are safe as the flight IX 611 was diverted to and landed in Mumbai.

The Boeing 737-800 aircraft had first hit the antenna on ground, which is part of the instrument system to guide pilots while landing, while take off at around 1.20 a.m, It went on to brush against the compound wall of the airport close to the Tiruchi-Pudukottai Highway but the pilot still managed to manoeuvre and take off, sources at the airport and the airline told The Media

Airport sources said one of the three VHF antennae on the aircraft was believed to have been damaged in the incident. However, airline officials said they do not have much information on which part of the aircraft had hit the antenna on ground or the damage to the aircraft. Alternative arrangements were being made to take the passengers to Dubai from Mumbai, they said.

Airport officials said that operations at the airport was not affected though the ILS has been hit. Since the weather in Tiruchi is not bad, the incident would not affect operations, they said.

A senior official of the airport said investigations were on to find out the reason for the incident.

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