Air India flight returns to air after bat found on plane – News

New Delhi – DGCA officials said a fumigation was carried out and the bat carcass was recovered from the plane.


Posted: Fri May 28, 2021, 5:20 PM

Last update: Fri May 28, 2021, 5:22 PM

In an unusual incident, an Air India flight that took off from Delhi airport early Thursday returned after the pilot reported the presence of a bat to air traffic control (ATC).

The Air India flight to Newark (EWR) departed IGI Delhi Airport at 02:20 am as scheduled. The bat was spotted after the plane had been in the air for about 30 minutes. The captain decided to return the aircraft to the original base (Delhi).

“AI-105 DEL-EWR returned to base (Delhi) after departure due to this local emergency relief was declared. On arrival it was learned that a bat was seen at the inside the cabin by crew members. Wildlife personnel were called in to catch and remove the bat from the cabin. The aircraft landed safely at approximately 3:55 am The subsequent flight was reported. Aircraft on Grounded (AoG), ”Air India officials told ANI.

DGCA officials said fumigation was carried out and the bat carcass was recovered from the plane.

Air India’s B777-300ER VT-ALM aircraft operating flight AI – 105 (Delhi-Newark) was involved in a rollback due to a bat reported in the cabin by cabin crew after departure. The fuel was dumped and the plane landed safely in Delhi. After the landing, a fumigation was carried out and a dead bat carcass was recovered in the area of ​​the 8DEF headquarters, “a senior DGCA official told ANI.

He said the bat was found dead inside the plane in the business class area.

The incident was reported to the airline’s flight safety department for detailed investigation.

Sources said the airline asked the engineering team for a detailed report on the incident.

Air India’s engineering team submitted their initial report to Flight Safety and said the unwanted mammals were from third parties.

“The probable reason / cause may be the loading of vehicles like those destined for catering, because all the time rats / bats are only coming from their vehicle,” an Air India official told ANI .

The passengers were transferred to another plane and Air India flight AI-105 touched down in Newark at 11:35 a.m. local time.