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IndiGo Aircraft Hits Wild Boar on Runway During Take-off, All Passengers Safe

IndiGo Aircraft Hits Wild Boar on Runway During Take-off, All Passengers Safe

Around 150 passengers on board a Hyderabad-bound IndiGo flight had a miraculous escape on Sunday night as the aircraft hit a wild boar just before it took off from Visakhapatnam airport.

The wild-boar which came on to the runway in the dark unknowingly made it's way to the rear wheel of the aircraft.

The incident took place when the plane was taking off at 10 pm.

"The pilot sensed that something had hit the aircraft wheel and informed the same to the Air Traffic Control after the take-off".

The pilot returned to Visakhapatnam and flew in a pattern around the city to burn up as much fuel as possible and landed back at the airport safely. "According to standard operating procedures, the captain immediately reported the matter to the Air Traffic Control and chose to hold over Vizag", the airline said in a statement. The pilot and engineers inspected the aicraft and confirmed that there was no damage.

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"We have requested the District Collector to arrange us personnel from the Forest Department and Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation to catch the wild boar suspected to be hiding in the thick vegetation in the vicinity", VIA Director Prakash Reddy told The Hindu on Monday.

"In 1972, a cheetah had entered the airport, triggering terror".

Summary: There must be a breach or a big hole in the compound wall. Now, the wild boar menace is serious.

The flight, 6E-742, was scheduled to land at the Hyderabad airport at 11:15 pm but managed to takeoff from Vizag eventually at 1 am. It is to be seen what steps the airport authorities will take to prevent recurrence of the incident.


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