According to a report on Times of India, the pilot saw the boar but could not abort the takeoff as it was too late.
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. "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. As the pilot could not halt the plane at once, it took off.
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. As the aircraft tank was full, the pilot did not land the flight immediately as it could lead to a fire.
The pilot made a safe landing back at the Vizag airport after about 45 minutes to get the aircraft inspected. The flight had to return to the airport to be checked for damage, an was delayed by almost three hours. In a statement, IndiGo said, "Flight 6E-742 from Vishakhapatnam to Hyderabad hit a wild boar on the runway during take-off". "The technical team found that the flesh of the wild boar was stuck to the rear wheel of the aircraft, hindering its free rotation".
Vizag airport director G Prakash Reddy said they have raised the matter with INS Dega, which controls the airport. "We have requested them to undertake the cleaning works near the runway area to prevent the repeat of such incidents", airport director said.
The IndiGo flight, which was supposed to reach Hyderabad by 11.15 pm, took off only at 1 am and reached Hyderabad on Monday 2.15 am.