A boar-hit at Vizag airport

Andhra Pradesh: Wild boar enters airport, hits IndiGo flight

IndiGo flight with 159 hits wild boar while taking off from Visakhapatnam, no injuries reported

After the required checks and inspections, the aircraft resumed its journey, albeit with a delay of one-and-a-half hours.

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. 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.

"Adhering to the standard operating procedures (SOPs), the captain immediately reported the matter to indigo-flight-hits-wild-boar-vizag (ATC) of Vizag and made a decision to hold over at Vishakhapatnam", a statement by Indigo said.

"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.

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"Adhering to the standard operating procedures (SOPs), the captain immediately reported the matter to Air Traffic Control (ATC) and chose to hold over at Vishakhapatnam", a statement by Indigo said.

The flight was originally scheduled to reach Hyderabad by 11.15 pm but it took off only at 1:00 am, and reached Hyderabad on Monday at 2.15 am. "This should come as an eye-opener for authorities and they should improve the security at the airport", Kumar said.Authorities should immediately take steps of removing debris, bushes and other unsafe factors on the airport premises, Kumar said.Speaking to TOI, Vizag airport director G Prakash Reddy said they have already written to the Airport Security Unit regarding the insufficient number of staff.

On its part, IndiGo, in a late night statement on Sunday, said: "We apologise to Ms. Urvashi Parikh Viren for the mishap which occurred at the Lucknow Airport yesterday at 8 p.m".

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