A Port Blair-bound Indian flight had to be cancelled on Wednesday, minutes before take-off, leaving its 142 passengers high and dry in Chennai.
Reason: The pilot refused to take off as he noticed a rat sneak on board.
The Airbus A-320 was ready for take off when the rat was spotted, prompting authorities to disembark all the passengers. A massive search for the 'offender' was launched.
However, the tiny traveller proved too crafty and the search yielded no result. Finally, the flight had to be cancelled and the passengers were put in city hotels. They were to be flown to Port Blair later by another aircraft.
The Government is putting pressure on British Airways, the national flag carrier, to buy Airbus aircraft and Rolls-Royce engines to protect jobs in this country.
BA is weeks away from announcing whether it will buy $6 billion (£2.95 billion) of new aircraft from Boeing or Airbus.
It will spend about $1.5 billion more on engines from either Rolls-Royce or America’s General Electric. Government ministers and officials are understood to be urging Willie Walsh, chief executive of BA, to “buy British” by supporting Rolls and Airbus, both of which have large manufacturing operations in the UK.
BA traditionally has been a Boeing customer for long-haul aircraft, but the airline is considering proposals from both manufacturers.
MONTREAL (Reuters) - Bombardier Inc. asked airlines on Wednesday to ground 60 of its Q400 turboprop aircraft for inspection after landing gear failures forced two of the planes into crash landings over the previous four days.
Bombardier's class B shares fell 5 percent on the Toronto Stock Exchange shortly after the open on Wednesday. The stock closed at C$6.26, down 16 Canadian cents, or 2 percent.
US Airways Group Inc. spent $540,000 in the first half of 2007 to lobby the federal government, according to a disclosure form.
The company lobbied on legislation regarding aviation security and spending, reauthorization of the Federal Aviation Administration and other bills, according to the form posted online Aug. 27 by the Senate's public records office.