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Plane clips pillar at India airport before take-off

CHANDIGARH, India, Sept 10 (Reuters) - The left wing of a Turkmenistan Airlines plane hit a concrete pillar while taxiing at an airport in the north Indian city of Amritsar on Monday, airport authorities said.

None of the 164 passengers and 20 crew were hurt, said Arun Talwar, the director of Raja Sansi International Airport.

He said the wing of the Boeing 757, which was headed to Birmingham in Britain, was damaged when it hit the pillar, part of a new signal tower under construction.

Airline officials said a replacement aircraft had been requested for the stranded passengers.

Many of India's airports are struggling to cope with the boom in the country's aviation sector, growing at more than 25 percent a year.

In the last few years, more foreign airlines have been flying into India, while several new Indian carriers have started operating, adding to congestion at airports.

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