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Rat on a plane! Air India flight to London returns after rodent sighting

Rat on a plane! Air India flight to London returns after rodent sighting


A plane travelling from Mumbai to London was
forced to turn back mid-flight after a rat was spotted on board, local media report. Flight AI 131 travelling to London on Wednesday
was flying over Iran when someone on board said they spotted the rodent, reports said. Passengers continued their journey on a replacement
aircraft some time later. Air India has said that the plane will be
fumigated and the presence of a rodent was being investigated. Rats occasionally get on board aircraft along
with catering and other supplies but can pose a serious technical as well as a health hazard
if they chew through wires. The airline said that “though the presence
of the rodent was not confirmed,” the decision to abort the flight was precautionary and
in the interests of passenger safety. It is not the first time a rat sighting has
been reported on an Air India jet this year, with one of their aircraft forced to return
to New Delhi during a flight to Milan in July because of a rodent.

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