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Plane returns to airport midway after crew spotted bat in cabin

An Indian flight which had taken off was forced to return back to airport mid air after its cabin crew spotted a bat.

The unusual incident happened on Thursday, May 27 in the plane enroute to New Jersey’s Newark.

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Reports indicate that the plane had just taken off Delhi airport at 2:20am before returning 30 mins later when the creature was spotted.

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.

According to authorities as reported by ANI, fumigation was done and the carcass if the bat removed from the plane.

Air India B777-300ER aircraft VT-ALM operating Flight AI – 105 (Delhi- Newark) was involved in air-turn-back due to bat reported in the cabin by cabin crew after departure. Fuel was jettisoned and the aircraft landed safely at Delhi. After landing fumigation was carried out and a dead bat carcass was retrieved from seat 8DEF area,” a senior DGCA official told ANI.

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All passengers were shifted to another plane and Air India flight AI-105 landed in Newark at 11:35 am local time.

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