Passengers of a Dubai-bound Air India Express flight escaped unhurt after their aircraft hit a wall at the airport here in the early hours of Friday, officials said.
"All passengers landed safely at Mumbai airport and another aircraft from Mumbai to Dubai was arranged", the airline said.
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. "Air India has constituted a sub-committee and is looking into all safety-related issues within the organisation, including subsidiaries", he said. The matter was conveyed to the pilot in command. "The pilot in command reported that the aircraft systems were operating normally".
The incident took place around 1.20 am and the flight landed around 5:35 am in Mumbai. However, they were asked to divert to Mumbai anyway as a precaution, NDTV reported. "No one suffered any injuries", it added.
On hearing about the incident Tamil Nadu Tourism Minister N. Natarajan visited the airport and inspected the damage. The flight's first officer Anurag has an experience of 3,000 hours on the B 737 aircraft.
Air India has taken the pilot and co-pilot off duties pending an investigation and the Directorate-General of Civil Aviation has been informed of the incident, the airline tweeted. Officials said DGCA is probing the matter and the damage to the aircraft is being assessed.