Air travel is still the safest mode of transportation in the world, but despite all precautions, accidents still happen. Fortunately, an incident involving an Air India Boeing 737 plane didn't involve any casualties.
On Friday, October 12th, the company's Flight IX 611 with 130 passengers and 6 crew workers on board suffered some damage after the plane struck a wall just as it was departing Trichy en route to Dubai. The collision wasn't noticed right away as the actual impact happened when the wheels hit the wall as soon as it left the runway.
The crew on board reported that everything on the plane seemed to be functioning normally, until officials at the airport in Trichy informed the pilots about the incident, forcing the plane to divert to Mumbai. Even after no reports of damage according to any of the instruments on board, the situation was treated as a precautionary measure but deemed serious enough to ground the pilots after the craft landed safely. Once passengers, none of them injured, departed from the Boeing 737, a relief crew on another aircraft took them to complete their journey to Dubai.
Trichy- Dubai Air India flight with 136 passengers on board hit the ATC compound wall at Trichy Airport yesterday and was diverted to Mumbai. The flight had got damaged under the belly, was declared fit for operations after inspection at Mumbai Airport. pic.twitter.com/8cczII46Mp— ANI (@ANI) October 12, 2018
One official reported there was damage to the plane but did not offer any additional information on its extent. Air India had also reported the incident to aviation authorities with the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), which has since launched an investigation into the matter. So far, reports indicate that officials are examining signs of damage to the plane's underbelly as well as the wheels. Subsequent reports via Twitter show one official examining large chunks taken off the top of the brick retaining wall, which separates the airport property from a nearby highway.
That investigation will certainly look at the backgrounds of the pilots involved. The captain has had 3,600 hours of experience flying a Boeing 737, including 500 hours in his current rank. The co-pilot is reported to have flown 500 hours in the same model of plane.
A few weeks earlier, another flight that took place in India had to return to its departure point in Mumbai after passengers started suffering from nosebleeds and headaches. Reports filed after the incident revealed the crew failed to pressurize the cabin before take-off.