An Air India flight bound for London got delayed at the Delhi airport for three and a half hours on Monday after a swarm of ants was found in the business class section of the plane.
According to sources, the AI-111 finally departed at 5:30 pm local time instead of the scheduled 2 pm departure time.
Sources told local news agency, ANI that the discovery was made just before the plane took off from the Indira Gandhi International Airport. It was later replaced with a Boeing 787-8 aircraft, they said.
Sources the Prince of Bhutan was one of the passengers left stranded at the airport.
However, in a tweet, Air India clarified that contrary to reports in the media, there has not been any incident involving ants nor was there a delayed take-off.
In May this year, an Air India flight from Delhi to Newark, USA made a return to the airport mid-air after the pilot reported the presence of a bat onboard.
Although the flight departed according to schedule, the pilot told Air Traffic Control that the bat was spotted onboard the plane about half-an-hour mid-air.
The captain then decided it was best to fly the plane back to its departure point.
The Boeing B777-300ER aircraft was then fumigated, resulting in the death of the trespassing mammal, whose carcass was recovered from the eighth row of the business class.