has not had a good week. The cash-strapped carrier has had to contend with a
rat, a stray dog, a run in with a catering van and last, but not least, a
technician being sucked into an aircraft engine at BOM.
The rat seems like the least of their troubles.
On Thursday, an AI plane flying to LHR was forced to return to BOM after pax spotted a stowaway rat on board. The
rodent was never found but the carrier said that pax safety was paramount. They
were later flown by a different aircraft to
The original aircraft is being
fumigated and maintenance workers have to make sure that the rat did not damage
equipment or chew any wires and the plane must be certified
to be rodent-free, an airline official said.
The carrier endured 2 other mishaps
the same day. An AI pilot aborted takeoff
from a northern Indian city after a stray dog ran onto the runway as the plane
An official at the airport in Amritsar said the pilot spotted the dog
running onto the path of the front wheels of the plane. He applied the
emergency brakes and returned the aircraft to its parking bay. All 171 pax and crew later reboarded the same plane, which
took off for LHR.
In another incident, an AI aircraft from BOM
was hit by a catering van at EWR.
And, 2 weeks ago, an AI technician
was sucked into an aircraft engine and killed at BOM
in what aviation experts described as a “freak accident.”