Sunday, August 27, 2017

Rat delays AI's delhi-San Francisco flight by over 9 hours

New Delhi: A rat onboard Air India's Delhi-San Francisco flight delayed the same by over nine hours on Sunday. The Boeing 777 was taxiing at IGI Airport to operate one of the world's longest non-stop flights when the rodent was spotted. As per safety protocol, it had to be brought back to the terminal and fumigated. Then with a new crew, the almost-full flight (AI 173) finally took off around noon on Sunday instead of the scheduled time of 2.30 am.
Air India's new chairman Rajiv Bansal has taken a very serious view of this delay. He has sought a detailed report on how the rat managed to get on the aircraft and how the same could be prevented in future.
"The B-777 was almost full with 172 economy and 34 business class passengers. Just when the plane was taxiing, the rat was spotted. By the time fumigation was being done, the maximum flying time that the crew — four sets of pilots are needed for this ultra long haul flight — or flight duty and time limitations (FDTL) kicked in. The airline had to at the last minute look for replacement crew" said a source.
27/08/17 Saurabh Sinha/Times of India