Unwanted guest: How a rat delayed Hyderabad-Vizag Air India flight by close to 12 hours
HYDERABAD: An early morning flight from Hyderabad to Visakhapatnam was inordinately delayed by close to 12 hours on Sunday after a rat was spotted prancing around the aircraft, just before take-off. Helpless passengers on board the Air India flight, AI-952, were forced to stay put at the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (RGIA) all day – up to 5.30pm – till the airline staff managed to get rid of the rodent. The flight was originally scheduled to depart at 6.10am.
Confirming the incident, AI officials said that the prolonged hold-up was because of the presence of a rat in the Airbus. They said that the staff took up fumigation to sanitise the flight, as per procedure, before it could resume its onward journey. They refrained from sharing any further details.
Incidentally, similar cases of rat menace have been reported from AI flights in the past as well. In 2017, a Delhi-San Francisco Air India flight was delayed by over nine hours after a rodent was found on board, while the aircraft was taxiing. There was a rat scare on an AI flight to London in 2015 too, following which the aircraft was forced to return to Mumbai and be fumigated.
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Ramesh • Bangalore
Rats in aircrafts, not a new thing. Rats in Indian Railways rail coaches, not at all a new thing. Last week I travelled in the prestigious Rajdhani Express, from Secunderabad to Bangalore. Full of rats. Sorry, full of rodents!
Senthil Nathan• 1 hour ago
You should have taken a picture and twitted it.
Antz Geo• 3 hours ago
Absolutely right. Even I don''t buy food on trains.
Antz Geo • 3 hours ago
It''s a serious issue. Rats can easily eat the wiring and bring the plane down.
M.S. Gupta • 2 hours ago
Rats have always messed up Air India, the biggest being Praful Patel.
Bijay patnaik• 3 hours ago
Instead of delaying the flight, they should have allowed the to fly free. What harm could it do to any one if it was treated well in side the plane?
Dhakshina Rajamani• 3 hours ago
yeah, the worry is rat will damage the inside electronics and wiring with it's teeth...
Dharam • Delhi, India • 2 hours ago
When the planes are parked these rodents sneak into the aircraft and might cut some of the critical wires endangering the lives of flyers. The catering carts are the main source of rats. This need to be plugged in.
It's just like the movie "snakes on the plane"
Partha Banerjee • 3 hours ago
Oh what a power the rat has, as the rat has the capacity to delay the flight more than 12 hours
Bharatwasi • MERA apna BHARAT • 1 hour ago
Air India should apply in Guinness book of World records.
Balachandramenon Vengasserry • Alappuzha • 3 hours ago
Air India.............the most notorious air line in the world !
Dravidian • Toronto • 3 hours ago
this is the reason why I don't fly in Indian origin airlines. I prefer, emirates, etihad, Cathay pacific, Singapore airlines, Malaysian, china, turkey, British, Lufthansa, Air Canada to name a lot fantastic airlines.
Mowgli • Jungle • 43 mins ago
If humans can travel in Air india, why not Rats ??
Shrikant Krishnarao Potnis • 2 hours ago
Thank God that the rat was trying to occupy passenger seat. If the rat would have changed the mind and thought of taking the Pilot''s seat after the plane took off then ?
Bijay • 23 mins ago
The rats have boarded the plane in search of stale food in the kitchen room. The air lines people should appoint cats to catch them. They will finish the work within half an hour .
tatkrm krm1• 43 mins ago
It is harmless creature
Pradeep • 1 hour ago
This is due to poor work by the maintenance staff. The pests and rodents must be eradicated com全pletely from the aircraft, as it is a serious safety issue.
Rewarding • 1 hour ago
wow... respect to air India... animals are also treated with respect
chowkidar Chowdhury• Durgapur • 1 hour ago
It's better these go nment companies made privatized this will save Indian economy
Dilip • 1 hour ago
Why Report only Air India every time, what about other airlines world wide
Arun • 1 hour ago
It has to be Air India. Nothing can be right with this airline.
chowkidar Chowdhury• Durgapur • 1 hour ago
have you heard or seen this thing happening for other airlines
Anand Ravindran • Chennai, Tamil Nadu • 1 hour ago
Rats are common to see in air india flight... keep it aside.... Why it took 15:00 hours to remove it?