Rat aboard Air India flight causes plane to turn back.
A plane heading from Mumbai to London was forced to return midflight after a rat was spotted on board, reports said.
Air India flight AI-131 was flying over Tehran when a passenger saw the rodent running around the cabin, the Times of India reported on Thursday.
The pilot turned the plane back to Mumbai as a “precautionary measure” in case the rat had gnawed through any electrical wiring or aircraft controls.
The 256 passengers on the flight on Wednesday continued on their journey later on a replacement aircraft.
In another incident on Wednesday, a stray dog on the runway forced an Air India flight to Dubai to abort takeoff from the northern city of Amritsar, the IANS news agency reported.
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