‘Rat’ scare causes Air India flight to return midway

New Delhi: A suspected rat sighting in an Air India aircraft from Mumbai to London caused the plane to return midway and an investigation was launched into the rodent incident.

“AI 131, Mumbai to London returned to Mumbai today due to suspected rat sighting. Though the presence of the rodent was not confirmed but keeping passenger safety in mind the aircraft was brought back,” Air India said in a statement.

Asserting that Air India gave ‘utmost’ importance to safety, they said that their engineering team was investigating the incident and that a standby aircraft was made available to fly the passengers to London.

“The aircraft with the suspected rodent will be fumigated as per procedure in such cases of rodent sighting,” the statement added. (ANI)