In an uncommon incident, an Air India flight which had taken off from Delhi airport early on Thursday returned again after the pilot reported presence of bat to Air Traffic Control (ATC).
Air India flight to Newark (EWR) left Delhi’s IGI Airport at 2:20 am as scheduled. The bat was noticed after the airplane was within the air for about 30 minutes. The flight captain determined to take the airplane again to the unique base (Delhi).
“AI-105 DEL-EWR returned back to base (Delhi) after departure due to this local standby emergency was declared. On arrival, it was learnt that a bat was seen inside the cabin by crew members. Wildlife staff were called to catch and remove the bat from cabin. The aircraft landed safely at around 3:55 am. Later flight was declared Aircraft on Grounded (AoG),” Air India officers instructed ANI.
DGCA officers mentioned fumigation was carried out and bat carcass was retrieved from the plane.
“Air India B777-300ER aircraft VT-ALM operating Flight AI – 105 (Delhi- Newark) was involved in air-turn-back due to bat reported in the cabin by cabin crew after departure. Fuel was jettisoned and the aircraft landed safely at Delhi. After landing fumigation was carried out and a dead bat carcass was retrieved from seat 8DEF area,” a senior DGCA official instructed ANI.
He mentioned the bat was discovered useless contained in the airplane within the enterprise class space.
The incident was reported to the airline’s flight security division for an in depth investigation.
Sources mentioned the airline has requested the engineering crew for an in depth report on the incident.
The Air India engineering crew submitted its preliminary report back to flight security and acknowledged that undesirable mammals got here from third events.
“The probable reason/cause may be loading vehicles like those for catering because all the time rats/bats come from their vehicle only,” an Air India official instructed ANI.
The passengers have been shifted to a different airplane and Air India flight AI-105 landed in Newark at 11:35 am native time.