The plane flew about two hours before the ground control appreciated the pilot's confidence.
An Air India pilot flew a Boeing 737 through a wall on Friday. Unbelievable, that was the beginning of his journey and not the end.
The jet not only raided the top of a five-foot perimeter wall, but also destroyed a small landing tower when it rose from Tiruchirappalli International Airport in Tamil Nadu shortly after midnight, reported the Times of India
With 130 passengers on board she was flown from the southern tip of India across the ocean to Dubai. And despite the audible and obvious collision, the pilot apparently saw no reason not to move on.
"We have informed the pilot about the attack," the airport director told the IANS intelligence service. "The pilot said there was nothing wrong with the plane because the systems were working normally, but we found some parts of the plane like an antenna on the ground."
Air India Express Flight 61
It flew about two hours before anyone in the ground control guessed the trust of the pilot.
Eight years earlier, an Air India-flown Boeing 737 had returned from Dubai when it crashed in Mangalore, exploded, and killed 158 people. The government has recently tried to sell the debt-laden airline, as air travel in India is booming despite episodic security concerns. Less than a month ago, dozens of people blew their faces on a Jet Airways flight from Mumbai because the crew forgot to pressurize the cabin. Flight 611 was about halfway to Dubai when he turned around and in what the airline would later call "a precautionary measure".
The plane landed in Mumbai about four hours after takeoff, according to Air India. The passengers – all apparently unharmed – were taken to other flights, and the crew began to inspect the aircraft.
As can be seen in photos of Indian journalists, the outer shell along the bottom of the 737 hull had been ripped open by a flesh wound. Scratches, dents, exposed frames and broken parts covered the underside of the aircraft.
This Air India Express Boeing 737-800, which crashed into the perimeter wall and stopped the runway's ILS instrumentation, would have crashed down the runway at about 250 km … It's a wonder it flew and a miracle that there were no losses. pic.twitter.com/NPy5VQDPVA
– Vishnu Som (@ VishnuNDTV) 12 October 2018
According to the airline, the pilot and co-pilot have been removed from the roster until a check has taken place
The Minister of Trade, Industry and Civil Aviation, Suresh Prabhu, said he had ordered an investigation into "various security aspects" at Air India.
He also oversees all airlines in the country in light of the incident.
"We will do everything we can to put safety at the top of the aviation agenda," Prabhu wrote. "Growth can not be at the expense of security."