Thiruvananthapuram: The departure of Air
India`s AI 923 flight to Riyadh was delayed by more than four
hours last evening after a rat was spotted in the aircraft,
airport officials said on Thursday.
A passenger noticed the rat when the
Thiruvananthapuram-Kozhikode-Riyadh flight was ready to take
off at 3 pm. The passengers were asked to disembark and the
airline authorities carried out fumigation to trace the rat.
It was finally caught after a three-hour search and
the flight took off at 7.35 pm, they said.
The flight that arrived from Riyadh at 1.35 pm, had
160 passengers bound for Kozhikode and 115 Riyadh-bound
passengers had checked in at the airport here.