Wild boar on Vizag runway delays IndiGo flight by three hours

Henrietta Strickland
November 14, 2017

A wild boar hist a Hyderabad-bound IndiGo aircraft that was carrying almost 100 passengers and crew during take off at 10.30 pm on Sunday.

IndiGo officials said the pilots saw the boar straying on to the runway but could not abort the take-off at that stage, The Times of India reported.

The boar came bang in front of the aircraft which was all set to take off. Sources said that once in the air, the pilot noticed that the wheels had failed to retract.

Since it was unsafe 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 IndiGo flight 6E-742 from Visakhapatnam to Hyderabad struck a wandering wild boar on the runway during take-off". The pilot and engineers inspected the aicraft and confirmed that there was no damage. The safety of passengers and crew was not compromised, it added. After the incident, Vizag airport director G Prakash Reddy wrote to the Indian Navy, Visakhapatnam collector and Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), requesting the authorities to initiate measures to clear the vegetations near the runway. Otherwise, it is impossible to enter the airport. Andhra Pradesh Air Travellers" Association vice-president O. Naresh Kumar described it as a "security breach' and wondered how a wild boar could gain entry into the highly restricted area. It is to be seen what steps the airport authorities will take to prevent recurrence of the incident. The flight was supposed to land at Hyderabad at 11.15 pm, but finally took off only at 1 am on Monday morning.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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