Air India plane hits wall on take-off (no injuries)

Gordon_R

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https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-45833239

A passenger plane travelling from the south Indian city of Trichy to Dubai sustained damage after hitting the airport wall during take off.

Air India IX 611, which was carrying 130 passengers and six crew members, was diverted to Mumbai, where it landed safely.

Air India said the two pilots, who have more than 6,500 hours of flying experience between them, have been grounded, pending investigation.
The airline said in a statement that the Boeing 737 aircraft took off from Trichy airport in southern India early on Friday when airport officials "observed that aircraft might have come in contact with the airport perimeter wall".

The aircraft has sustained some damage.

"The matter was conveyed to the pilot in command. The pilot in command reported that the aircraft systems were operating normally."

The plane was then diverted to the western city of Mumbai where it landed safely.
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How the hell did they do that?
If you look at the photo below - the engines are closer to the ground than the fuselage.
From the photo it looks like the section damaged is just behind the wings. To hit that would mean they pulled up just before the wall, missing the engines by millimeters. This could have been a major disaster.


 

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How the hell did they do that?
If you look at the photo below - the engines are closer to the ground than the fuselage.
From the photo it looks like the section damaged is just behind the wings. To hit that would mean they pulled up just before the wall, missing the engines by millimeters. This could have been a major disaster.
It seemed to be between the engine and wing-tip. Not sure how they didn't notice - that's quite a rip.
 

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How the hell did they do that?
If you look at the photo below - the engines are closer to the ground than the fuselage.
From the photo it looks like the section damaged is just behind the wings. To hit that would mean they pulled up just before the wall, missing the engines by millimeters. This could have been a major disaster.


Only thing I can think is that there was a higher protrusion at that point along the wall. Because never mind the engines, what about the landing gear? After rotation there is a call for positive rate to confirm a positive rate of climb before selecting gear up. For this to have happened and then having the main gear stowed and striking a +- 6ft wall is impossible. Unless the aircraft lost altitude after the call (and action) for gear up.
 

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They must've got the weight and balancing wrong before departure. And I'm sure that the high temperatures also played a role in takeoff performance.

My God. Those people were centimetres from death. All 3 of the hydraulics systems are housed in the middle of the fuselage inside the main landing gear bay. Any deeper and it could've ripped through any number of control systems making it a lot more difficult to land.
 
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