140 passengers of a Delhi-bound SpiceJet flight from Surat had a narrow escape on Thursday evening when the aircraft hit a stray buffalo on the runway, as it was about to take-off.

Due to the hit, the aircraft’s engine suffered damage and the take-off had to be aborted. The incident occurred around 7 pm.

“A Surat-to-Delhi SpiceJet aircraft, Flight number SG 622, carrying around 140 passengers excluding crew members today hit a stray animal on take-off roll at Surat airport,” said Siddharth Kumar, an airline’s spokesperson.

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