Weird Incident: Plane Hits Wild Boar on Runway in India

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The incident occurred on Sunday in IndiGo flight number 6E-742 from Vishakhapatnam to Hyderabad. The Indigo flight was due to takeoff at 10 pm when it hit a wild boar on the runway, damaging the rear wheel and killing the animal. Sources said that once in the air, the pilot noticed that the wheels had failed to retract.

After the incident the crew informed the Air Traffic Controller (ATC) and the carcass was cleared from the runway letting the way for the flight to touch down. Landing the plane with a full tank of fuel would also have been unsafe.

As it was too late for the pilot abort his take-off, he took the plane up but landed again after a 45-minute sortie over the sea.

Almost 160 passengers and crew on board a Hyderabad-bound IndiGo flight from Visakhapatnam had a narrow escape when a wild boar strayed onto the runway and came under the aircraft when it was in the last stage of taxiing. The flight had to return to the airport to be checked for damage, an was delayed by almost three hours. "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. As it would be risky to land a plane with a full fuel tank, the pilots flew over the sea for 45 minutes.

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