Two years ago Air India discovered rats on a plane midway through a Mumbai – London flight. Rats usually come onboard via catering trucks, and rats were found after breakfast had been served on departure. And the airline went ahead and served lunch once the flight turned back to Mumbai.
That wasn’t the only rat incident of the year, and came not long after a plane had to be fumigated in Delhi.
Now we have another Air India flight with a rat. This one was discovered prior to takeoff of flight AI173 Delhi – San Francisco on Sunday.
Air India Boeing 777-200LR, Copyright: boarding1now / 123RF Stock Photo
The flight was taxiing out and “take-off was aborted.” The captain turned the Boeing 777 back, let off passengers and crew, and the airline had the aircraft fumigated.
- Fumigation took six hours
- Crew would have exceeded their maximum duty time
- Air India apparently didn’t plan for this during the fumigation
- So the flight was delayed another 3 hours while they brought in replacement crew
In all Sunday’s flight was delayed 9 hours because of a rat.
This never gets old…