It was announced last Saturday that the Air India flight to the United States was forced to return to New Delhi after passengers had close contact with bats during the flight.
A lively video spread on social networks in India: the crew and shocked passengers watched the bat flying on the Boeing 737 in disbelief.
ANI News Agency reported that the plane departed from Delhi for Newark early Thursday as planned, but the bats were only found after flying in the air for about an hour. Then the captain decided to return to New Delhi.
Indian civil aviation officials said that the plane has returned and has been disinfected.
Officials told ANI that the bat was found dead in the business class area.
The airline’s flight safety department will conduct a detailed investigation.
However, Air India stated in its preliminary report that the “hazardous mammals” capability comes from third-party vehicles, such as those used for catering.
The report said the passengers were delayed and transferred to another plane that landed in Newark.