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Air India Express Boeing 737-800 hits antenna and wall on takeoff Tiruchirappalli Airport

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Staff Writer | October 16, 2018
Air India Express flight 611, a Boeing 737-800, impacted the localizer antenna and an airport wall on takeoff from Tiruchirappalli International Airport, India on Friday 12 October 2018.
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The aircraft took off from runway 27 at 01:18 local time. Past the end of the runway, the underside of the fuselage hit the localizer antenna and a brick wall, causing severe damage.

The aircraft climbed to FL360 and proceeded towards Dubai. According to a statement from Air India Express the crew reported that all systems

ere normal. After learning from Tiruchirappalli that they might have hit a wall, the flight crew decided to divert to Mumbai.

At that time the flight was well over the Arabian Sea. The aircraft landed safely at 05:38 local time.