Narrow Escape: Wild Boar Almost Collides with IndiGo Aircraft, Flight Got Delayed
160 passengers and the crew onboard a Vishakhapatnam-Hyderabad IndiGo Flight had a Narrow Escape after a wild boar almost collided with the Aircraft that was taking off.
The wild boar had strayed onto the runway and had come under the aircraft just as it was taking off. The pilot could not stop the takeoff and was forced to get the flight airborne. To assess any possible damage, he landed back in Vishakhapatnam shortly.
IndiGo Airlines confirmed the incident and stated that after due checks, the flight took off again after a delay of one-and-a-half hours.
The incident, which took place on Sunday, has been reported to the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).
"The IndiGo flight 6E-742 from Visakhapatnam to Hyderabad struck a wandering wild boar on the runway during take-off. As per the standard operating procedures, the captain immediately reported the matter to the Air Traffic Control and decided to hold over Vizag," the airline said in the statement.
After 45 minutes, the pilot carried out a precautionary landing back at the Vizag airport to get the necessary inspections done, it said.
While all this led to a delay of one-and-a-half hours, "we ensured customer safety at all times," IndiGo Airlines said.
The Gurgaon-based IndiGo Airlines also said that it has raised the issue of birds and wildlife endangering the safety of the passengers as well as the flight operations, with the Visakhapatnam airport authorities