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Rodent on board forces Emirates to delay UK-Dubai flight

Dubai airline puts up passengers in hotel overnight while cleaning teams worked to allow plane to re-enter service

Rodent on board forces Emirates to delay UK-Dubai flight

An Emirates flight from the UK to Dubai was delayed after a rodent was discovered on board, the airline has confirmed.

The rogue rodent was found on board the Emirates plane which was due to fly from Birmingham to Dubai on June 15, forcing the carrier to put up passengers in a hotel overnight and offer seats on other flights to Dubai.

Emirates apologised for the inconvenience caused, saying the rodent was spotted after pushback from the gate at the airport.

In a statement, a spokesperson said: “Emirates can confirm that flight EK038 from Birmingham to Dubai returned to stand shortly after pushback as a rodent was detected on board. Passengers were accommodated in hotels overnight and were re-routed on other available Emirates flights to Dubai. Engineering and cleaning teams worked to clear the aircraft to re-enter service. We apologise for the inconvenience caused.”

Former boxing heavyweight world champion David Haye was on board the aborted flight, and tweeted the incident, saying: “On tarmac and flight got cancelled as tiny mouse running around cabin. So spending another night. What’s hot in Birmingham tonight?”

In December, it was reported that a Qatar Airways flight was delayed for six hours after a mouse was spotted running down the aisle of the aircraft.

The rodent was spotted as the Qatar Airways’ Boeing 777-400 landed at Adolfo Suarez Madrid-Barajas Airport from Doha. The subsequent return journey from Madrid to Doha was delayed as the plane was pulled from service and had the cabin fumigated.

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