A passenger plane travelling from the south Indian city of Trichy to Dubai sustained damage after hitting the airport wall during take off.
"The plane lost contact with air traffic control officials and landed in Mumbai after around four hours", an official said. 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.
The incident took place at a time when the plane was moving towards the runway with 136 passengers on board.
The pilot commanding the Boeing, Captain D Ganesh Babu and the First Officer, Captain Anurag have been taken off Air India Express's pilot roster pending an investigation into the very serious incident. "The two pilots have been derostered pending investigation", it said.
Airport sources said one of the three VHF antennae on the aircraft was believed to have been damaged in the incident. The matter was conveyed to the pilot in command. The flight's take-off wheel allegedly hit the compound wall soon after take-off.
But yet as a precaution, it was made a decision to divert the aircraft to Mumbai. The flight has landed safely in Mumbai.
Taking to Twitter, Union Minister Suresh Prabhu said he has spoken to the secretary and other senior officials of the civil aviation department and has ordered a high-level inquiry into the incident.
The matter has been reported to the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) and the airline is cooperating in the investigation, the statement said.
Tamil Nadu Tourism Minister Vellamandi N Natarajan visited Tiruchirappalli airport and inspected the accident spot.