Flight with 133 on board grazes wall at Trichy airport

A large gash along the belly of the jet and multiple perforations on the engine nacelles

The pilots who seemed unaware, continued to fly for three hours until they received communication from Air Traffic Control to land in Mumbai as precaution.

The plane was then diverted to Mumbai, where it landed safely - although the aircraft sustained some damage. All passengers are safe. The pilot in command D Ganesh Babu has a flying experience of 3.600 hours on the B 737 aircraft, including 500 hours as a commander.

A statement by Air India Express said an internal investigation into the incident has been ordered, and the pilot and co-pilot have been de-rostered until the inquiry is completed, ANI reported.

But yet as a precaution, it was made a decision to divert the aircraft to Mumbai.

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"In order to have continuous attention towards air safety, I have also ordered concerned officials to put in place a regular "safety compliance report" of all airlines", he said. "No one suffered any injuries", it added. The 130 passengers were moved to a new flight to Dubai. It said it had informed the Directorate General of Civil Aviation about the incident. Soon after the incident, Minister of Civil Aviation Suresh Prabhu spoke to the secretary and other senior officials of his department and directed them to conduct a high-level inquiry into the incident.

Officials said the DGCA was probing the matter and the damage to the aircraft's belly, including the wheels, is being assessed. Both pilots have been derostered pending investigation.

On hearing about the incident Tamil Nadu Tourism Minister N. Natarajan visited the airport and inspected the damage.

"The First Officer, Captain Anurag, has an experience of about 3,000 hours on the B737".

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