Woman passenger bitten by scorpion on-board Air India flight

MUMBAI: In a bizarre incident, a woman passenger was bitten by a scorpion on-board an Air India flight from Nagpur to Mumbai last month. Air India has expressed regret and issued an apology terming it a ‘rare and unfortunate incident.’

Air India has confirmed the incident that took place on April 23 adding that the stung passenger was first attended to at the airport and then was treated in the hospital as well. She is now out of danger.

The incident took place on April 23 on Air India Nagpur-Mumbai flight AI 630. Upon receiving information of the incident, Air India’s engineering team carried out a thorough inspection of the aircraft. Post landing at the Mumbai airport, the aircraft was checked, the scorpion was found and fumigation was carried out.

In its statement, Air India said, “There was an extremely rare and unfortunate incident involving a scorpion biting a passenger on board our flight AI 630 on April 23, 2023. On landing, the said passenger was attended by the doctor at the airport and subsequently was treated at the hospital and discharged.”

“Our officials accompanied the passenger to the hospital and offered all support to the passenger till discharge. Our team followed the protocol and conducted a complete inspection of the aircraft and found the scorpion after which due fumigation process was carried out. We sincerely regret the agony and inconvenience caused to the passenger,” the statement said.

This is not the first time such incidents have occurred. Previously, there have been instances of reptiles being discovered onboard aircraft. In December last year, a snake was found in the cargo hold of an Air India Express plane from Calicut after it landed at the Dubai airport.

( Source : Deccan Chronicle. )
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