Andhra Pradesh: Wild boar enters airport, hits IndiGo flight

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On Sunday night, a Hyderbad-bound Indigo flight hit a wild boar during its takeoff. The flight carrying 150 passengers and four crew members hit wild boar causing killing of the animal and damaging the rear wheel. Sources said that once in the air, the pilot noticed that the wheels had failed to retract. After the incident crew members called the ATC (Air Traffic Control) for clearing carcass and let the way for the flight to touch down.

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. Hence, the pilots flew the plane over the sea for 45 minutes to burn fuel and then landed at the Vizag airport.

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"The pilots decided it would be risky to land the plane with the fuel tank full and flew over the sea for 45 minutes burning fuel before landing back at Vizag airport", the IndiGo statement read. The captain of the flight immediately chose to hold over Vizag and reported the matter to ATC. The flight finally took off at about 1 am. "If a wild boar could sneak into the runway, even a terrorist also could gain entry under the cover of darkness", he said and sought immediate clearing of bushes.

According to a document, the petition has been filed by IndiGo and Enakshi Jha, a shareholder of IndiGo, with the respondents being the Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA), DIAL, AAI (Airports Authority of India) and DGCA (Directorate General of Civil Aviation).

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