Rat On A Plane! Forces Diversion Of AI Flight

Open Jaw

Air India 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 LHR.

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 was taxiing.

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.”

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