Air India Plane Lands Safely After Hitting a Wall During Take-off

An Air India Boeing 737 aircraft was damaged after hitting an airport wall during take off on a flight from Trichy to Dubai on Friday.

Flight IX 611, which was carrying 130 passengers and six crew members, took off from the south Indian city at approximately 1.30 a.m. local time, but was diverted to Mumbai.

Air India said the plane, which was operated by its low-cost wing, Air India Express, landed safely but two pilots have been grounded.

India’s national carrier said in a statement that airport officials at Trichy, in Tamil Nadu, observed that the aircraft “might have come in contact with the airport perimeter wall.”

“It was decided to divert the aircraft to Mumbai as a precautionary measure,” the statement added.

A spokesperson for Air India told CNN that the plane was damaged but did not give any details.

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SOURCE: CNN, Bard Wilkinson