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Passengers on board the Hyderabad-bound IndiGo flight at the
Visakhapatnam airport had a close shave after a wild boar strayed onto
the runway and was hit by the airplane
The flight, 6E-742, had around 150 passengers and crew members at the time of the accident.
The incident took place as the plane was taking off. IndiGo airlines
said that the pilot had noticed the boar but had no option but to hit
the animal and take off.
After taking off, the pilot realised that the landing gear of the
flight, failed to retract. Following this, he spent fuel hovering above
the city, before he landed back at the Visakhapatnam airport.
The tyres were then cleaned on the ground, and the plane took off again for Hyderabad, at 1:00am.
"Flight 6E-742 from Vishakhapatnam to Hyderabad hit a wild boar on the
runway during take-off. The captain immediately reported the matter to
ATC and decided to hold over Vizag. After runway inspection, the pilot
carried out a precautionary landing at Vizag airport after 45 minutes
for necessary inspection," an IndiGo statement said.
14/11/17 News Minute