AI plane flies 4 hours with ruptured belly, lands safely

AI plane flies 4 hours with ruptured belly, lands safely

"It was not until the Air India flight operations department asked them to divert and land in Mumbai that they turned back", said the source. Following initial repairs, the flight was diverted to Mumbai at around 1:20 am, where it landed on priority at around 5:35 am and the flight was made to undergo complete repairs.

Air India Express in its statement said the Air Traffic Control contacted the pilots that the aircraft "might have come in contact" with the airport perimeter wall.

One of the wheels of the plane struck the wall. The pilot tried to lift off further when the tyre brushed the compound wall, airport officials said. According to flight tracking website Flightradar24, the aircraft attained a cruising altitude of around 37,000 feet and had crossed half the Arabian Sea before a decision was taken to divert the flight to Mumbai as a "precautionary measure".

Despite having sustained damage, the plane flew for at least three hours before landing. The matter was conveyed to the pilot in command, who reported that the aircraft systems were operating normally.

Parts of the plane's antenna were also found at the Trichy airport, an officer reportedly said.

The aircraft also apparently hit some of the landing lights near the runway.

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The statement issued by Air India states the pilot in command Captain D. Ganesh Babu, has a flying experience on the B 737 aircraft of 3600 hours, including about 500 hours as commander. The pair collectively has over 6,000 flight hours logged with a Boeing 737.

There were 136 passengers and crew members on-board the aircraft, which took off from here and later landed at Mumbai after four hours, they said.

The Director General of Civil Aviation will investigate the incident, a senior airport official was quoted saying NDTV.

A DGCA official said an internal inquiry has been ordered following the incident, and the pilot and the co-pilot have been derostered as the probe is pending. "So we allowed them (to proceed)", he said.

Prabhu added that aviation "growth can't be at the expense of safety".

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