The plane was then diverted to Mumbai, where it landed safely - although the aircraft sustained some damage. All 176 passengers and 14 crew members on board Air India flight AI-101, operating on Delhi-New York route on October 10, are safe, the source said. As per the Mumbai airport ATC's instruction, the aircraft, which was nearing Muscat, came to Mumbai and had an emergency landing at Mumbai Airport, he added.
The officials said the 50-foot compound wall and the barbed fence at the airport were damaged due to the impact.
According to PTI, Tiruchirappally Airport Director K Gunasekaran said: "We have noticed damage to one runway light, ILS antenna, a monitor control unit and a small portion of the wall".
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After safely landing in Mumbai, passengers were transferred to a different aircraft and continued onto their destination. The accident took place on Thursday morning at about 1:30 AM (Indian Standard Time).
Air India Express sources told DC that all the Dubai-bound passengers were sent to their destination by an alternative aircraft.
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Air India said in a statement shared on social media that both the captain and co-pilot have been grounded, pending investigation.
Tamil Nadu Tourism Minister Vellamandi N Natarajan visited Tiruchirappalli airport and inspected the accident spot.
Minister of Civil Aviation Suresh Prabhu has ordered an inquiry into the incident. A regular "safety compliance report" of all airlines will also be prepared by Government aviation agencies.
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The pilot in command has 3,600 hours of flying experience on the Boeing 737, including 500 hours as a commander and the first officer has about 3000 hours of experience on the Boeing 737.