Lonely Planet Writer

Indian plane collides with buffalo on runway

Buffalo on the runway causes problems for Spicejet take-off.
Buffalo on the runway causes problems for pilots. Image by Bill & Vicki T / CC BY 2.0

Bird strikes are only one thing pilots need to worry about in India. On Thursday, a Spicejet airplane in the Indian state of Gujarat collided with a buffalo on the runway, causing severe damage to the aircraft. There were no injuries to passengers, but the plane was immediately taken out of service. The accident has highlighted the growing risk to aviation posed by stray animals in India, where the long grass growing around runways is sometimes exploited by peasant farmers. Following the incident, Spicejet has suspended flights from Surat indefinitely. Read more: timesofindia.indiatimes.com