Delhi, August 28: In a bizarre incident, an Air India’s Delhi-San Francisco flight was delayed over nine hours on Sunday over a rat’s presence on the flight.
A rat created a ruckus in the Boeing 777 when it was taxiing at IGI airport to operate for its one of the longest flights.
In the wake of safety protocol, the plane had to be brought back to the terminal and fumigated. There were 172 economy and
34 business class passengers onboard B-777.
The fumigation of the aircraft took six hours and by the time it was over, it took time to find the two commanders and two copilots for this flight. And with all this, the Air India flight passengers had to wait 9 hours on board the flight before taking off.
The fumigation process is done in the aircraft to ensure that the rodent is not sighted and is does not pose a threat to safety
by cutting electric wires and sending the systems haywire.
Meanwhile, the Air India’s chairman Raji Bansal sought the detailed report on how the roddent managed to enter the aircraft and also how to prevent it in future.
The main cause for rodents being spotted in aircraft is because the passengers inadvertently drop a lot of food on the cabin
floor, which keeps rats busy.
AI flies on the Delhi-San Francisco route is of 15,300-km journey which is covered in 16 to 17 hours an that needs two sets of
the crew, with one commander and copilot operating first half of the flight and the other two, the second half.