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31st Dec 2015, 04:28
Air India flight turns back after rat spotted on board - BBC News (http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35203731)

787; hopefully rats can't chew carbon fibre.

31st Dec 2015, 05:25
They can chew wires though.

31st Dec 2015, 05:32
yes, and rubber hoses and gaskets. Scary.

31st Dec 2015, 10:15
Meh, when FO, sitting in dining room in Bombay airport and observed one nonchalantly strolling under table.
Ol' Skip nudged me and whispered "FFS don't mention it or the girls will be exploding in all directions!"

31st Dec 2015, 10:48
I wonder if AI provides any SOP/guidelines for dealing with the startle factor, if one of these little fellows shows up on the flight deck. The reaction could be quite intense, especially for pilots of the female persuasion.

I remember years ago having dinner with a couple - she was a native of the Punjab. She was doctor, a totally composed 'ice cold' trauma specialist - she had seen it all. A rat was spotted and she dissolved into screaming hysterics, and eventually passed out. It would not be a pretty reaction for the flight deck.

Of course, no male pilot would react like that if he suddenly spotted a rat sitting beside his side stick

31st Dec 2015, 11:59
was it deployed by mistake or a true emergency?

31st Dec 2015, 13:22
Did it fall out of an economy class meal tray?

31st Dec 2015, 13:26
I'm reminded of the Canberra on air test after modification with a couple of instruments missing. When, in the climb out, a small owl peered out of one of the holes. Not as bad as a rat though!

Hotel Tango
31st Dec 2015, 13:33
was it deployed by mistake or a true emergency?

:ok::) Like it.

31st Dec 2015, 15:35
Just carry some cobras to get rid of the rats - and Samuel L. Jackson to get rid of the cobras... :E

Out Of Trim
31st Dec 2015, 15:44
Basil.. is not Rat... is Hamster! :):E:)


From Falwty Towers

31st Dec 2015, 17:45
Turning back from over Iran seems an awfully drastic reaction to a mere rat on board. Just what hazard is realistically posed by a rat? Oh, I know, apocryphal stories of chewing through wiring and no doubt even more hazardous things too. (what, I wonder). Just bow many of those are to be found in the passenger cabin?
Seems a bit over-dramatic to me.

31st Dec 2015, 18:21
Perhaps they turned back because they were concerned they would not be allowed to unload at destination , biosecurity

31st Dec 2015, 18:43
I think phylosocopter has it nailed.

"No, no Meester Fawlty, ees rata!"
"Si ees hamster!"

mary meagher
31st Dec 2015, 20:30
World gliding championships in Italy a few years ago. A pilot in flight radioed that there was a snake in his glider.....
Advice followed from other competitors; fly higher, and it will get cold and torpid. No, don't do that, it would snuggle up to you to get warm. Check the eyes; if they are round it is not poisonous. And so on.
The pilot decided his best plan was return to base. Next day all 50 gliders were inspected before flight with extra care....

India Four Two
31st Dec 2015, 22:13
This juxtaposition appealed to my, admittedly, childish sense of humour:


1st Jan 2016, 00:38
it's not aviation, but many years ago I drove off in my car, which had a nearly full tank of fuel, and a few kms down the road the engine stopped: tank empty. Rats had chewed large holes in a fuel line.