Hyderabad-bound Indigo flight hits a wild boar during takeoff at Vizag

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The incident occurred on Sunday in IndiGo flight number 6E-742 from Vishakhapatnam to Hyderabad.

"The IndiGo loader ferrying the passenger in wheelchair, went in the wrong direction by taking a short cut ignoring the defined path", the AAI said in a statement. According to a report on Times of India, the pilot saw the boar but could not abort the takeoff as it was too late.

The pilot returned to Visakhapatnam and flew in a pattern around the city to burn up as much fuel as possible and landed back at the airport safely. The TOI report mentions that they flight could not touch down immediately, as the rear wheel was not getting retracted.

As for landing the plane with full fuel tank is risky. It reached Hyderabad at 2:15 am.

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. "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.

"The pilots decided it would be unsafe 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 director mentioned that even stray dogs enter the 10,000-ft runway.

The wild-boar which came on to the runway in the dark unknowingly made it's way to the rear wheel of the aircraft.

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