The tyres of a Dubai-bound Air-India-Express plane with 130 passengers onboard hit the compound wall of the Trichy international airport while the aircraft was taking off from here around 1.20 am on Friday, damaging an ILS (instrument landing system) antenna and a small portion of the west side wall.
However, the Boeing B737-800 aircraft landed safely at Mumbai airport around 5.35 am, after abandoning its journey to Dubai. The actual cause of this incident could be ascertained only after an inquiry with the pilot, airport officials said. Bird hit might be a reason for this incident, they added. An inquiry has been ordered. Tamil Nadu tourism minister Vellamandi N Natarajan visited the airport and inspected the spot.