Indian jet grounded as rats run riot onboard

Published: August 6, 2014
Rat infestation

In this photograph taken on October 15, 2008, ground crew stand next to a newly-inducted Air India Airbus A319 aircraft during the opening day of India Aviation 2008 at Begumpet Airport in Hyderabad. Air India has been forced to ground one of its planes after crew spotted rats scurrying around the cabin, The Times of India reported August 6, 2014. The plane was on its way from New Delhi to Calcutta when staff became aware of the infestation, the paper said. NOAH SEELAM/AFP/Getty Images

VANCOUVER DESI

An Air India jet had to be grounded on Monday due to an infestation of rats, according to the The Times of India.

The aircraft’s crew found many rats running in the rear of the Airbus A-321 cabin while flying from Kolkata and landed at New Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport.

The aircraft was taken out of service and sent for fumigation to eliminate the rats as soon as all passengers alighted, the TOI reported.

“Rats on board an aircraft can lead to a catastrophe if they start chewing up electric wires of a fly by wire plane. If that happens, pilots will have no control on any system on board leading to a disaster,” an official told TOI.

Rats on planes was a “universal phenomenon” and the most common way for rats to get onboard was through the catering vans, the official told TOI.

“In-flight caterers must take all precautions in keeping their vans rat-free. All airlines will take up this issue with them,” said the official.

This is not the first time that an Air India flight has suffered a rodent infestation, according to an AFP report. Rats delayed a domestic flight from Mumbai in February for a couple of hours and another flight to Toronto in 2009 was delayed by 11 hours.

Related Stories:

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , ,




Featured

TK

Four hospitalized after apparent Surrey street race ends with car wedged under semi-trailer

TOM ZYTARUK SURREY NOW SURREY — A 16-year-old girl and her passengers are lucky to be alive after the grey Honda Accord she was driving…
Continue Reading »

BC politics scam

Maybe next year for trial related to the B.C. Liberals’ ethnic outreach scandal

Brian Bonney, a former Liberal government employee, and Mark Robertson, an active B.C. Liberal Party worker, face several charges under the Elections Act CASSIDY OLIVER…
Continue Reading »

crime-Surrey

Surrey Mounties hunting three suspects after five cabbies robbed

TOM ZYTARUK SURREY NOW SURREY — Five Surrey cab drivers have been robbed over the past months and Surrey Mounties are asking for the public’s…
Continue Reading »

LOCAL NEWS

TK

Four hospitalized after apparent Surrey street race ends with car wedged under semi-trailer

TOM ZYTARUK SURREY NOW SURREY — A 16-year-old girl and her passengers are lucky to be alive after the grey Honda Accord she was driving…
Continue Reading »

BC politics scam

Maybe next year for trial related to the B.C. Liberals’ ethnic outreach scandal

Brian Bonney, a former Liberal government employee, and Mark Robertson, an active B.C. Liberal Party worker, face several charges under the Elections Act CASSIDY OLIVER…
Continue Reading »

crime-Surrey

Surrey Mounties hunting three suspects after five cabbies robbed

TOM ZYTARUK SURREY NOW SURREY — Five Surrey cab drivers have been robbed over the past months and Surrey Mounties are asking for the public’s…
Continue Reading »

Don't Miss...

Vancouver Ross Street Sikh Temple

Media-savvy Narendra Modi’s one year in photos as India’s prime minister

VANCOUVER DESI Check out photos of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi as he completes one year in office. Modi is one of India’s most social…
Continue Reading »

Alberta Securities Commission

Alberta securities regulator fines Energy TV producer Neil Chandran $400,000

DAN HEALING POSTMEDIA NEWS CALGARY — The independent Calgary television producer who put Energy TV on the air says he “deeply regrets” losses suffered by…
Continue Reading »

Surrey Shooting

‘This is really close to home’: Two cars exchange gunfire in Surrey neighbourhood

CHERYL CHAN VANCOUVER DESI Another bout of gunfire rocked a Surrey neighbourhood Sunday evening. Newton resident Doug Elford tweeted about hearing gunfire outside his home…
Continue Reading »

masturbation

Masturbation causes pregnant hands in afterlife, says Turkish preacher

HINDUSTAN TIMES An Islamic televangelist from Turkey has created a storm on social media by claiming that any man who masturbates will find his hands…
Continue Reading »

sexual harssment

Migrant women fear speaking out about sexual harassment in Florida’s farms

EMILIO J. LOPEZ IANS/EFE Miami – Women working on Florida’s farms, most of them undocumented immigrants, are constantly exposed to sexual harassment, workers’ rights activists…
Continue Reading »


Bollywood Latest

Bollywood designer-actress

Shraddha Kapoor visits ‘Baaghi’ set ahead of shoot

IANS Mumbai – Actress Shraddha Kapoor, who will be seen playing the lead in Sajid Nadiadwala’s “Baaghi” starring Tiger Shroff, took time out from her…
Continue Reading »

Bollywood movies

Playing Kashibai in Bajirao Mastani emotionally draining for Bollywood beauty Priyanka Chopra

IANS Mumbai – Actress Priyanka Chopra who will be portraying the role of Maratha warrior Peshwa Bajirao’s first wife in “Bajirao Mastani”, says her character…
Continue Reading »

Bollywood

U.S. dancer turned Bollywood actress Lauren Gottlieb has “fallen in love with acting”

IANS Mumbai – A successful dancer from the US, Lauren Gottlieb has been trying her luck in Bollywood. Ahead of the release of her next…
Continue Reading »