Indian plane smashes into wall and continues flying to Dubai

Air India Express has said it will deploy Boeing 737-800 aircraft for the Surat-Dubai flights. (Supplied)

An Air India plane has smashed into a brick wall and scraped its underbelly, before remarkably attempting to continue its journey to Dubai, according to local media.

9News said that the Boeing 737 plane departed from Trichy to Dubai on Friday where just after take-off around 1.30am it collided with an airport perimeter wall.

 

Despite the audible hit, the pilot continued flying the plane, 130 passengers and six crew members across the Indian ocean and halfway to Dubai.

However, after two hours ground control ordered the plane to turn around and land in Mumbai.

India's national carrier said in a statement the plane was diverted as a “precautionary measure”. “(The aircraft) might have come in contact with the airport perimeter wall," the statement added.

 

The plane was operated by Air India’s low-cost wing, Air India Express.

An official with the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) told CNN affiliate CNN News 18 that the crew allegedly forgot to press a button to pressurize the cabin.

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