Air India’s flight on Thursday was a strange incident. After receiving the bats on the flight, the pilot returned the aircraft via a midway. It flew from Delhi. After informing the Air Traffic Control (ATC) the pilot decided to take the aircraft back.
Air India officials were told by news agency ANI, ‘Shortly after the departure, the aircraft number AI-105 DEL-EWR was brought back. Crew members found a bat in the cabin. The Wildlife staff was asked to remove it from the cabin. The aircraft made a safe return to Delhi base at 3.55 am.
DGCA officials said fumigation was carried out when the aircraft returned and the dead bats were ejected from it. Meanwhile, sources said that the engineering team has been asked to make a detailed report on the matter.
Air India’s engineering team has submitted its preliminary report. It states that these bats may have come from loading vehicles such as catering.
On returning back to Delhi, the passengers were shifted to another aircraft. The Air India flight (AI-105) made its landing in Newark at 11.35 am local time.