– Air India was destined for Newark from New Delhi in the early hours of Thursday, May 28
– The cabin crew members spotted a bat at one of its components thus disrupting the flight
– The little creature was sighted barely 30 minutes after take-off
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Passengers aboard an Indian plane were taken aback when the flight returned midair after the takeoff.
Air India was destined for Newark from New Delhi in the early hours of Thursday, May 28, when its cabin crew members spotted a bat at one of its components, disrupting the flight.
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According to Hindustan Times, the plane left Delhi airport at 2:20am, and the little creature was sighted barely 30 minutes when the plane was in the air.
“AI-105 DEL-EWR returned back to base (Delhi) after departure due to this local standby emergency was declared. On arrival, it was learnt that a bat was seen inside the cabin by crew members. Wildlife staff were called to catch and remove the bat from the cabin. The aircraft landed safely at around 3:55 am. Later flight was declared Aircraft on Ground,” Air India stated.
The Embraer KQ604 jet had taken off from JKIA at around 10:11am when the incident happened.
A bird strike reportedly caused an engine glitch that forced the pilot to return to JKIA for repair.
The aircraft, which was carrying an unspecified number of people, was…