Take-off is aborted due to swarm of ANTS in business class on London-bound Air India flight
Take-off is aborted due to swarm of ANTS in business class on London-bound Air India flight carrying the Prince of Bhutan
- London-bound flight at Delhi was evacuated on Monday after ants discovered
- Prince Jigme, five-year-old heir to the throne of Bhutan, was among passengers
- The passengers were transferred to another plane and their journey continued
A London-bound Air India flight was aborted today after a swarm of ants were discovered in business class.
Prince Jigme, the five-year-old son of King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck of Bhutan, was among those aboard the aircraft in Delhi.
The passengers were moved onto another aircraft and continued their journey onto the UK, according to the ANI news agency.
It is not clear what type of ants were found on board but several species common to India, such as fire ants, have painful stings which cause lumps to appear on the skin.
A London-bound Air India flight was aborted today after a swarm of ants were discovered in business class (stock)
Prince Jigme (left), the five-year-old son of King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck of Bhutan, was among those aboard the aircraft in Delhi
It comes just a few months after an Air India flight from Delhi to Newark, New Jersey, was forced to return to the airport because of a bat on board.
After around half an hour in the air the animal was spotted by a passenger who reported it to the cabin crew.
Fumigation was carried out when the plane landed and the bat carcass was discovered inside the business class cabin.
In February 2016, a plane in China had to return to the airport after a rat was discovered on board.
The plane out of Hangzhou International Airport was due for a three-hour journey to Bijie Feixiong Airport but it was aborted not long after takeoff.
The crew were concerned that the rat might chew through important electrical wiring which may have caused the plane to fail.