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Last updated: 14 June 2021
Date:Friday 12 October 2018
Type:Silhouette image of generic B738 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 737-8HG (WL)
Operator:Air India Express
Registration: VT-AYD
MSN: 36340/3122
First flight: 2009-12-02 (8 years 11 months)
Engines: 2 CFMI CFM56-7B27
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 6
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 130
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 136
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Aircraft fate: Repaired
Location:Tiruchirappalli-Civil Airport (TRZ) (   India)
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Tiruchirappalli-Civil Airport (TRZ/VOTR), India
Destination airport:Dubai Airport (DXB/OMDB), United Arab Emirates
Air India Express flight 611, a Boeing 737-800, impacted the localizer antenna and an airport wall on takeoff from Tiruchirappalli International Airport, India. The aircraft took off from runway 27 at 01:18 local time. Past the end of the runway, the underside of the fuselage hit the localizer antenna and a brick wall, causing severe damage. The aircraft climbed to FL360 and proceeded towards Dubai. According to a statement from Air India Express the crew reported that all systems were normal. After learning from Tiruchirappalli that they might have hit a wall, the flight crew decided to divert to Mumbai. At that time the flight was well over the Arabian Sea. The aircraft landed safely at 05:38 local time.

Collision with approach or runway lights
Runway excursion

METAR Weather report:
19:30 UTC / 01:00 local time:
VOTR 111930Z 00000KT 5000 BR FEW018 SCT100 27/24 Q1008 NOSIG

20:00 UTC / 01:30 local time:
VOTR 112000Z 00000KT 5000 BR FEW018 SCT100 27/24 Q1007 NOSIG

Follow-up / safety actions

VOTR issued 1 Notice to Airmen (Notam)

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accident date: 12-10-2018
type: Boeing 737-8HG (WL)
registration: VT-AYD

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This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Tiruchirappalli-Civil Airport to Dubai Airport as the crow flies is 2924 km (1827 miles).
Accident location: Exact; deduced from official accident report.

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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