today's Pick
Rats on plane force Air India to ground aircraft
Publish Date: Aug 06, 2014
Rats on plane force Air India to ground aircraft
  • mail
  • img
newvision

NEW DELHI - Air India has been forced to ground one of its planes after crew spotted rats scurrying around the cabin, The Times of India reported Tuesday.

The plane was on its way from New Delhi to Calcutta when staff became aware of the infestation, the paper said.

"Rats on board an aircraft can lead to a catastrophe if they start chewing up electric wires," the paper quoted an unnamed airline official as saying.

"If that happens, pilots will have no control on any system on board leading to a disaster."

No one at the airline was immediately available for comment, but an Air India official speaking on condition of anonymity said rats on planes were a "common phenomenon" worldwide and could "get in anywhere".

"They follow the catering vans into the plane when they smell the food," the official told AFP.

It is not the first time that India's loss-making carrier has suffered a rodent infestation.

Rats reportedly delayed a domestic flight from Mumbai by almost two hours in February, and in 2009 a flight to Toronto was delayed for 11 hours as staff tried to catch rats.

AFP

Also related to this story

SN Brussels Plane In Mishap At Entebbe Airport

Dreamliner fire classified as serious; no sign of battery issue

The statements, comments, or opinions expressed through the use of New Vision Online are those of their respective authors, who are solely responsible for them, and do not necessarily represent the views held by the staff and management of New Vision Online.

New Vision Online reserves the right to moderate, publish or delete a post without warning or consultation with the author.Find out why we moderate comments. For any questions please contact digital@newvision.co.ug

  • mail
  • img
blog comments powered by Disqus
Also In This Section
How criminal gangs are killing Africa
The poachers commonly targeted by law enforcement officers are paid around $100 per kilo for ivory...
Chinese become targets in DR Congo anti-government riots
Clashes between Democratic Republic of Congo police and political protestors that left some 40 people dead last week also revealed the level of hostility towards the Chinese in the capital Kinshasa....
Boko Haram frees 192 people held in NE Nigeria: sources
Boko Haram has released nearly 200 hostages, most of them women, who were kidnapped from a village in the northeast Nigerian state of Yobe, a community leader and a military source told AFP Saturday....
The city that saw one hour of sun in December
Residents of Saint-Petersburg endured dreary weather conditions in December, with Russia''s second largest city seeing only one hour of sunshine....
Smoking bad for your wealth at Asian Cup
Palestine and Jordan have been slapped with perhaps the most embarrassing sanctions yet at the Asian Cup....
Mulago: the world’s busiest labour suite
“There is no labour suite in the whole world that delivers as many babies as we do at Mulago because from available records, most of the said busy hospitals are way below our figures,” says Nabunya....
Should local leaders arrest parents who oppose UPE?
Yes
No
Can't Say
follow us
subscribe to our news letter