VIDEO: Dubai-bound Air India Express plane's wheels hits ATC compound wall
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The wheels of an Air India Express flight to Dubai from Tiruchirappalli in India's southern state of Tamil Nadu hit the Air Traffic Control (ATC) compound wall while taking off with 136 passengers on Friday.
The flight which took off at around 1.20am, was then diverted to Mumbai airport where it landed safely.
An Air India Express official said, "All passengers were landed safely at Mumbai airport and another aircraft from Mumbai to Dubai was arranged."
While the damage to the Boeing B737-800 airplane's wheels is not known, a portion of the compound wall has been damaged.
Officials at the airport police station told IANS that the compound wall was around five feet.
On hearing about the incident Tamil Nadu Tourism Minister N Natarajan visited the airport and inspected the damage.
An internal inquiry has been set up and the pilot and co-pilot have been de-rostered till completion of the investigation, an official said.
Furthermore, Air India Express has informed India's Directorate General of Civil Aviation about the matter.
India's Civil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu has directed a high-level enquiry into the incident.
The minister further informed that a sub-committee has been formed by Air India for looking at safety-related issues.