Air India B737 hits wall during takeoff, continues flight
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Air India Express Boeing 737-800, registered VT-AYD, was about to operate flight IX 611 from Tiruchirappalli International Airport(TRZ), India to Dubai International Airport (DXB), United Arab Emirates on October 12, 2018, when it hit a localizer antenna and a wall upon takeoff.
Unaware of the incident and damage caused to aircraft, the pilots continued climbing to FL360. The plane stayed at cruising altitude for three hours. It was only when airport officers contacted the pilots to inform them of the incident that the flight diverted to Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (BOM) in Mumbai, India.
130 passengers were on board the plane. None were injured, and they all boarded another plane from Mumbai to Dubai. The two pilots of the flight were suspended while authorities investigate the incident.
Air India Express is a low-cost subsidiary of Air India operating a fleet of 25 Boeing 737-800s.
On May 22, 2010, an Air India Express aircraft overshot a runway at Mangalore airport and crashed in a woodland area, killing 158 people on board.