"Adhering to the standard operating procedures (SOPs), the captain immediately reported the matter to indigo-flight-hits-wild-boar-vizag (ATC) of Vizag and chose to hold over at Vishakhapatnam", a statement by Indigo said.
After all the safety checks were carried out, the flight resumed its journey, but not before a delay of one-and-a-half hours, the airline said.
Passengers on board an Indian flight had a narrow escape when a wild boar, emerging from the bushes, was hit by the aircraft while it was taking off.
IndiGo officials confirmed in a statement after the incident that although the pilot saw the animal approaching the runway, it was too late to abort the take-off.
"Adhering to the standard operating procedures (SOPs), the captain immediately reported the matter to Air Traffic Control (ATC) and chose to hold over at Vishakhapatnam", a statement by Indigo said.
"At no point, safety of the passengers was compromised", said Indigo. The TOI report mentions that they flight could not touch down immediately, as the rear wheel was not getting retracted.
The pilot made a safe landing back at the Vizag airport after about 45 minutes to get the aircraft inspected. The flight was supposed to land at Hyderabad at 11.15 pm, but finally took off only at 1 am on Monday morning.
The respondents to the petition are the ministry, DIAL, Airports Authority of India (AAI) and Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), as per the statement.
On October 27, DIAL had said that it has given budget carriers SpiceJet and IndiGo a little more than two months' time to shift some of their flight operations to T2 from T1.