Air India flight to US forced to return after BAT flies live through cabin

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Air India’s US flight has to return to New Delhi after BAT flies through the cabin and passengers panic

  • Air India’s flight to the US was forced to return to New Delhi
  • Video shows passengers panicking as the bat flew through the Boeing 737 plane
  • Conservationists were contacted to retrieve the bat that was later found dead

An Air India flight bound for the US was forced to return to New Delhi for an emergency landing after a live bat flew through the cabin.

The video shows passengers on the Boeing 737 panicking and forcing the early landing as the Indian flying fox flew through the plane.

Air India’s flight is said to have taken off from Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi before crew members reported the bat’s presence to the captain after nearly 30 minutes in the air.

An Air India flight bound for the US was forced to return to New Delhi for an emergency landing after a live bat flew through the cabin

An Air India flight bound for the US was forced to return to New Delhi for an emergency landing after a live bat flew through the cabin

Video shows passengers on the Boeing 737 plane panicking and forced into early landing as the Indian flying fox flew through the plane

Video shows passengers on the Boeing 737 plane panicking and forced into early landing as the Indian flying fox flew through the plane

Air India flight reportedly took off from Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGI) in New Delhi before crew members reported the bat's presence to the captain

Air India flight reportedly took off from Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGI) in New Delhi before crew members reported the bat’s presence to the captain

However, the captain contacted air traffic control when it was decided to return to New Delhi, the Indian capital.

The plane landed safely around 3.55am and was declared Aircraft on Grounded (AoG). Later, the £ 212,000 fuel was thrown overboard.

Conservationists were contacted to retrieve the bat, which was later found dead in business class at seat number eight.

However, the captain contacted air traffic control about the unusual incident when it was decided to return to New Delhi, the Indian capital.

However, the captain contacted air traffic control about the unusual incident when it was decided to return to New Delhi, the Indian capital.

Conservationists were contacted to remove the bat from the cabin, which was later found dead in business class at seat number eight

Conservationists were contacted to remove the bat from the cabin, which was later found dead in business class at seat number eight

After the passengers disembarked, the fumigation took place.

The passengers then boarded another flight before Air India flight AI-105 reached Newark later that same day. The airline had also reported the incident to the flight safety department, MailOnline understands.

The airline has asked the technical team for a detailed report.

“Such mammals could come from third-party vehicles, such as for catering purposes,” an Air India official said.

In response to the preliminary investigation report from the safety department, she reported that the loading vehicles had rats.

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