Air India Aircraft Hits Aerobridge at Mumbai Airport

The flight was about to deplane passengers when the mishap occurred. 

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The Air India aircraft that hit the aerobridge. (Photo: Twitter/ @<a href="https://twitter.com/ANI_news">ANI_news</a>)

An Air India aircraft, scheduled to fly from Mumbai to Riyadh, hit an aerobridge at Mumbai’s Chattrapati Shivaji International Airport on Friday.

When the incoming flight (AI 922 Riyadh-Mumbai) was being guided to the parking bay for discharging approximately 330 passengers, it hit the aerobridge outside the international arrival hall.

Air India flight that hit the aerobridge. (Photo: Twitter @<a href="https://twitter.com/ANI_news">ANI_news</a>)
Air India flight that hit the aerobridge. (Photo: Twitter @ANI_news)

There were no casualties either among the operators, the ground staff and the passengers. The left engine sustained minor damage and the Boeing 777-300 airplane has been towed away to a hangar for repairs.

The incident sparked off a blame game between Air India and Mumbai International Airport with both pointing fingers at each other. The carrier claimed that while parking the aircraft at the arrival bay, the airport displayed wrong information, which was not compatible with the particular model, and the left engine banged into the aerobridge.

However, the airport categorically denied this and said the aircraft was being guided to the parking bay by aircraft staff when it collided.

(With inputs from IANS)

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