Officials Say, Air India Plane, Which Hit Wall, May Have Been Overloaded

Officials Say, Air India Plane, Which Hit Wall, May Have Been Overloaded

Officials Say, Air India Plane, Which Hit Wall, May Have Been Overloaded (file image)

New Delhi: The officials have said that, the Dubai-bound Air India Express plane, flying at a speed of 250 km, which had hit the wall of the airport in Tamil Nadu's Trichy was possibly overloaded.

K Gunasekaran, the Tiruchirappalli airport Director has said on-duty Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) personnel had informed the air traffic control (ATC) about the accident, following which the air traffic controller informed the pilots about it.

Following the miraculous escape of 136 people were on board the Air India Express plane, airport officials Saturday said airport staff, including CISF personnel, who informed the ATC about the accident are being questioned.

As per the airline,  Captain D Ganesh Babu, the pilot in command has a flying experience on the B737 aircraft of 3,600 hours. Captain Anurag, the first officer has an experience of about 3,000 hours on the B737.

The airport offcials said that Ganesh Babu had reportedly told officials that there was no problem in the plane and all the cockpit equipment indicated to him that plane was in good shape.

The officials said the pilot was supposed to take-off at a particular point on the '8169 runway,' but he could have crossed that point before taking off leading to the tyre brushing the wall.

The passengers said that the crew told them that it was common, when asked about the "scary rocking" experienced.

Also Read: During Take-Off, Air India Flight Hits Trichy Airport Wall With 136 On Board

"It is not known when the ATC staff contacted the pilot after the incident. The exchange between the pilot and the ground staff, timing etc will be examined during the investigation," officials said.

They said that it was also possible that the plane was overloaded leading to the problem in taking off and reaching a particular height

As per the offcials, a car passenger, who passed by that way at the same time, was injured as a piece of debris of the wall, which was damaged in the incident, hit her. They said that this would also be investigated.

The passenger has been identified as Manimala of Tiruvarur district.

The officials also said that a piece of fence mesh was seen trapped near the tyre of the plane and its bottom was found slashed in the impact.

Mr Gunasekaran has said after the air traffic controller informed the pilots about the accident, the pilots reported that "all operations normal. So we allowed them (to proceed)."

On friday, the Airport officials informed their counterparts in Dubai about the accident and told them that there was no major damage to the aircraft and it was safe for it to land there.

The offcials in Dubai airport refused to allow the plane (flight IX-611), which took off from Tiruchirappalli at 1.30 am, to land under the presumption that it was risky to allow it as the tyre had been slightly damaged, throwing the passengers on board into another round of anxiety.

The passengers were then told that the plane could land in Mumbai and the permission for it had been obtained.

The plane landed in Mumbai airport at 5.45 am, after flying for four hours. The passengers flew to Dubai by another aircraft.

Air India Express later stated that the pilots have been "derostered" pending investigation.

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