The London-bound Air India flight which was scheduled to take off from the Rajasansi airport at 0630 hrs IST on Saturday, Sep 26 morning had not taken off even after three hours, say reports.
"A rat entered the aircraft and the staff was searching for it. The flight has been delayed. Air India is getting a new aircraft to take the passengers to London," airport director Chinson Panakal quoted as saying in a news agency report.
After the passengers of the AI-187 flight spotted the rat on the plane and informed the staff, they were taken off the plane.
According to airline authorities, the ten hour long flight will be delayed by at least seven to eight hours. The airline is trying to make arrangements so that the passengers can be taken to London.
"The flight can now leave by 1400 hrs IST only after a new aircraft arrives," Air India manager Ashwini Kumar Arora said.