An Air India flight with 136 passengers on board hit a compound wall at Trichy Airport on Thursday and was diverted to Mumbai later, reports said. The Dubai-bound plane hit the ATC compound wall at Trichy airport and was damaged under the belly. However, it was declared was declared fit for operations after inspection at Mumbai Airport. However, the actual cause of the accident is yet to be known. An internal inquiry has been ordered and co-pilot has been de-rostered until the investigation is done.
Directorate General of Civil Aviation, which investigates aviation accidents and incidents, has been informed about the incident. Air India, in its official statement, said all passengers were landed safely at Mumbai airport, adding that another aircraft from Mumbai to Dubai was arranged.
It is reported that there no injury of any kind in the incident. Soon after the incident, Minister of Civil Aviation Suresh Prabhu spoke to the secretary and other senior officials of his department and directed them to conduct a high-level inquiry into the incident.
The minister has also ordered to put in place a third party professional organisation to look into various safety aspects of Air India. The civil aviation ministry has constituted a sub-committee of the board headed by an independent director of the DGCA for looking at all safety-related issues within the organisation including subsidiaries.
In a series of tweets, the minister made it clear that the safety of the passengers is of paramount importance and the government will take all steps that are required to put the safety on top of aviation agenda.