Qantas grounds plane after baby rats found onboard

Investigation launched after discovery of five rodents by crew.
NEWS, Aviation


Qantas was forced to ground a domestic flight from Sydney to Brisbane this week, after baby rats were discovered onboard.

Five of the rodents were found by crew on the Boeing 767, moments before passengers were due to board, according to reports.

Described as a rare occurrence by the airline, passengers were transferred to another aircraft, while the rats were removed. A follow-up inspection found no damage had been caused to the plane by the animals.

"We don't know how they got there. The aircraft was at the gate for some time before departure and we are investigating," a spokesperson from Qantas told AFP. "It is a rare occurrence. We have no record of it ever happening before."

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