IndiGo flight hits wild boar at Visakhapatnam airport, passengers safe

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As there was no time to abort the take-off, the pilot went ahead, but returned shortly to assess any possible damage to the Airbus plane as a precaution, the IndiGo said in a statement today.

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Vizag: IndiGo Plane carrying 150 passengers was bound for Hyderabad had a narrow escape after a wild boar nearly collided with the aircraft that was taking off. IndiGo officials confirmed that the pilot saw the boar, but it was too late to abort take-off. Sources said that once in the air, the pilot noticed that the wheels had failed to retract. The incident occurred at around 10 p.m. on Sunday when the wild boar ran into the flight path, hitting a rear wheel.

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IndiGo Airlines on Tuesday issued a statement and said that by adhering to the standard operating procedures (SOPs) a major tragedy was averted.

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Since it was risky to land the plane with the fuel tank full, pilots made a decision to fly over the sea for 45 minutes burning fuel before landing at Vizag airport. The safety of passengers and crew was not compromised, it added. "After runway inspection, the pilot carried out a precautionary landing at Vizag airport after 45 minutes for necessary inspection". This was first time that a wild boar entered the airport, which is under the control of the Eastern Naval Command, sources said. "We have asked authorities to take measures to clear wild animals from the airport area to prevent mishaps". The flight 6E-742 got late by three hours, It was scheduled to arrive at 11:15 pm but it landed at 2:15 am.

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