Passenger on Air India flight from the UAE claimed to have seen a rodent
An Air India flight from Sharjah to Kochi was grounded in Muscat last week to "hunt for a mouse" after a passenger reportedly saw one running under his seat, it was reported.
The flight was scheduled to land in Kochi, the commercial hub of the south Indian state of Kerala on Thursday evening.
However, it made an emergency landing in Muscat when a passenger claimed to have seen a rodent running under his seat, the Times of Oman reported.
"As per our safety rules, we are not supposed to continue our operations in such situations,” a senior official at the Air India office in Muscat reportedly told the newspaper.
“It was feared that the mouse might go into the engine and create problems. So, we landed the aircraft. All passengers were disembarked to facilitate the search.
“But after hours of hunting, we couldn't find it. There was nothing as claimed by the passenger.”
After confirming that there were no problems, the flight continued on Friday with all passengers onboard.
"Out of the total passengers, 30 per cent flew to their destinations on the same day on other flights arranged by us and the remaining 60 per cent flew back on Friday," the official added.
A further two flights from Sharjah to Kozhikode were diverted on Friday to Kochi due to the bad weather in Kozhikode.
Flights AI 998 and AI Express IX 354 were sent to Kochi as Kozhikode airport was covered with mist, making landing difficult.