Air India Plane Forced To Turn Back After ‘Rat Sighting’

An Air India plane was forced to return to New Delhi two
hours into a flight to Milan today after a “suspected rat sighting”
in the cabin. The airline although said no rodent had been found, but it had no
choice but to turn back and fumigate the aircraft after the report.
“(The Dreamliner flight) AI 123… returned to Delhi
due to (a) suspected rat sighting. The presence of the rodent was not
confirmed, but keeping passenger safety in mind, the aircraft was brought back,”
an airline official told AFP today.
Rats pose a serious threat to the safety of flights as they
can chew through wires and damage internal controls. They often hitch rides on
food catering trucks that store the flight meal trays.

It was not the first time the airline, which has not
reported an annual profit since 2007, had suffered a rodent problem.

An Air India domestic flight was reportedly grounded in May
in the northern town of Leh after crew spotted rats scurrying around the plane.

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