A US-bound flight from India had to return midway to make an emergency landing after a bat was found on board the plane.
The Air India flight to Newark, New Jersey, left Delhi Airport as scheduled but had to return 30 minutes after take-off as a bat was spotted in business class. As the panic spread, the flight captain contacted Air Traffic Control (ATC) and decided to take the plane back to the original base.
The authorities later contacted wildlife officials and retrieved the mammal's carcass. An official confirmed that the aircraft was later cleaned and fumigated.
Only this was left to see in 2021 :— Tarun Shukla (@shukla_tarun) May 28, 2021
Air India flight to Newark returns back to Delhi after a bat flew by the cabin.
ps : though its going towards the area where the really good @airindiain sandwiches are kept 😎 pic.twitter.com/pfDuIAwVks
Meanwhile, the airline's management has asked its engineering team for a detailed report regarding this incident. The passengers were subsquently transferred to another plane.