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Plane Hits Buffalo During Take-Off; Animal Killed, Aircraft Damaged

By    |   Friday, 07 Nov 2014 12:24 PM

A plane hit a buffalo while taking off from an Indian airport in Surat this week, killing the stray animal and damaging the aircraft.

SpiceJet was forced to ground the Boeing 737 which suffered "substantial damages," it said, according to Reuters.

SpiceJet said the buffalo, which was killed in the accident on Thursday evening, was "essentially invisible" against a dark background. Passengers on the Delhi-bound aircraft were transferred on to another plane, SpiceJet said.

"Stray animals are a growing menace in some airports," SpiceJet said in a statement.

"This incident has affected our regular operations and hence SpiceJet flights from Surat will now be suspended after this incident."

Poorly maintained fences at some Indian airports mean animals can stray onto runways.

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