Emirates cancels flight due to rat on board


DUBAI: An elusive rat on board an Emirates plane forced the airline to cancel the flight from Birmingham to Dubai last week after officials failed to catch the mouse, forcing passengers to spend another night in the UK. 

“The airline suspended one of its flights — Birmingham to Dubai — after a rat had been spotted on board which caused fear among the passengers especially after all attempts made by the cabin crew to rid the plane of the mouse failed,” the airline was quoted as saying by Khaleej Times today. 

“We apologise for the inconvenience caused,” Emirates, the flag carrier of Dubai, said in a statement. 

An alleged video footage went viral recently on the social networking websites showing passengers inside one of the aircrafts panicking because of a rodent in the plane. Emirates, however, said the video was not true as the flight never left the ground. 

The passengers were then evacuated from the flight EX038 and transported to a city hotel and they spent one night there. The airline then arranged a flight to Dubai for the affected passengers. The incident occurred on June 15. 

British boxer David Haye, a former world champion, was on-board the plane, when the incident occurred. 

“On tarmac and flight got cancelled due to tiny mouse running around cabin. So spending another night. What’s hot in Birmingham tonight?” he tweeted. 

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