Once the plane landed, it was thoroughly inspected and cleaned before it finally took off again.
Around 150 passengers on board a Hyderabad-bound IndiGo flight had a miraculous escape on Sunday night after the aircraft hit a wild boar just before it took off at Visakhapatnam airport. The crew reported the incident to Air Traffic Control (ATC) which made arrangements to clear the runway of the carcass of the wild boar so that the aircraft could return to the landing strip for damage-inspection. The TOI report mentions that they flight could not touch down immediately, as the rear wheel was not getting retracted. The safety of passengers and crew was not compromised, it added. 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. "After runway inspection, the pilot carried out a precautionary landing at Vizag airport after 45 minutes for necessary inspection".
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"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.
"We've raised the issue with INS Dega, which controls the airport", Visakhapatnam airport director G Prakash Reddy told The Times of India. 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.