Air India flight turns back over rat scare, Report

By on January 1, 2016
Air India flight turns back over rat scare, Report

Rat aboard Air India flight causes plane to turn back.

A plane heading from Mumbai to London was forced to return midflight after a rat was spotted on board, reports said.

Air India flight AI-131 was flying over Tehran when a passenger saw the rodent running around the cabin, the Times of India reported on Thursday.

The pilot turned the plane back to Mumbai as a “precautionary measure” in case the rat had gnawed through any electrical wiring or aircraft controls.

The 256 passengers on the flight on Wednesday continued on their journey later on a replacement aircraft.

In another incident on Wednesday, a stray dog on the runway forced an Air India flight to Dubai to abort takeoff from the northern city of Amritsar, the IANS news agency reported.

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