There have been reports of wild boars straying onto the airport in night's darkness for some time and they came true on Sunday.
Almost 160 passengers and crew on board a Hyderabad-bound IndiGo flight from Visakhapatnam had a narrow escape when a wild boar strayed onto the runway and came under the aircraft when it was in the last stage of taxiing. "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. There was no way the pilot could halt the plane and so he took off. Hence, the plane could not immediately return as the damaged rear wheel failed to retract.
After the incident the crew informed the Air Traffic Controller (ATC) and the carcass was cleared from the runway letting the way for the flight to touch down.
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The pilot made a safe landing back at the Vizag airport after about 45 minutes to get the aircraft inspected.
A statement issued by the airline said, "Flight 6E-742 from Vishakhapatnam to Hyderabad hit a wild boar on the runway during take-off". The safety of passengers and crew was not compromised, it added. Otherwise, it is impossible to enter the airport.
Summary: There must be a breach or a big hole in the compound wall. 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. The flight finally took off at about 1 am. It is to be seen what steps the airport authorities will take to prevent recurrence of the incident.