SpiceJet‘s (Delhi) flight SG 622 carrying 146 passengers and crew members from Surat to Delhi was forced to abort its its takeoff last night (November 6) after the Boeing 737-800 hit a stray buffalo on the runway. There were not injuries but the aircraft’s engine (above) sustained some damage. The airline has suspended operations at Surat International Airport in rural India “indefinitely”. The aircraft was grounded and an alternate aircraft flew the passengers to Delhi as intended.
The airline stated everyone on board was safe on its Twitter page but stated “stray animals (are) a growing menace in some airports”.
DGCA has ordered an investigation.
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Twitter photo by Adnan Ashraf.
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