Pigeon Boards India Airline and Delays Flight as Passengers Attempt Capture

A GoAir flight from Ahmedabad to Jaipur in India was delayed after two pigeons were reported to be inside the plane just as it was getting ready for take-off.

The flight was able to depart after cabin crew members managed to get the birds to leave the aircraft by opening one of the plane's doors. Video footage of the incident has been shared across social media.

The video shows one pigeon flying up and down the plane, past crew members in the aisle, who are seen ducking to avoid the bird, while a passenger is seen attempting to catch the pigeon mid-air.

"Two pigeons found their way inside GoAir Ahmedabad-Jaipur flight while passengers were boarding (at Ahmedabad airport yesterday). The crew immediately shooed birds outside," the carrier said in the statement, Republic reports.

"GoAir regrets any inconvenience caused to its passengers and requests the airport authorities to get rid of this menace," the low-cost Indian airline said in a statement, New Delhi Television (NDTV) reports.

GoAir Flight G8702 was reported to have landed at Jaipur airport at 6:45 p.m., around 30 minutes past its scheduled landing time, a spokesperson for the airline said.

It is unknown how the pigeons entered the aircraft but one was reportedly spotted by a passenger who opened an overhead luggage bin to store his bag and saw a pigeon inside of it, according to the Republic.

Several people have been commenting on the bizarre incident on social media, with many sharing the video footage on Twitter.

"GoAir: Two pigeons found their way inside GoAir Ahmedabad-Jaipur flight while passengers were boarding (at Ahmadabad)," wrote @santosh198364.

"This is literally "bird flying" in the giant bird!!!! Flight from Ahmedabad to Jaipur..held up for 30 mins!! goair lines "pigeon" on board!!!," wrote @RakeshB36568801.

"The pigeons took the name GoAir seriously! #GoAir #KanhaiyaKumar #kunalkamra," wrote @abhilashtinku4.

The latest incident isn't the first time a bird has caused a flight delay. Birds do sometimes get stuck in airplane engines, which could cause a plane to crash due to severe damages to the aircraft.

Last August, the Ural Airlines Airbus 321 carrying 234 people was forced to make an emergency landing after the Russian plane struck a flock of birds, which saw its two plane engines catch fire. At least 23 people were injured, including nine children, but no fatalities were reported.

Back in July 2018, an Allegiant Air flight from Punta Gorda, Florida, also made an emergency landing after striking a bird during takeoff. The was diverted to Orlando Sanford International Airport and bird remains were found in its engine.

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An aircraft of Indian airline Go Air lands at Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi on September 8, 2012. Getty Images