Air India flight forced to make emergency landing after a BAT was caught flying through the plane

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This bizarre footage shows the moment passengers on a flight were left alarmed - by a BAT soaring through the aircraft.

The stowaway passenger was spotted on board a 15-hour Air India flight from Delhi, India, to Newark, USA, on Thursday (May 27) - and prompted an emergency landing.

Passengers were left twisting in their seats to keep a wary eye on the Indian flying fox - as the large animal was left flying in agitated circles through the cabin of the Boeing 777 airplane.

And when the flight captain informed Air Traffic Control of the bizarre incident just half an hour into the long-haul flight, the plane was advised to turn around and make an emergency landing.

Just an hour and a half after taking off from Delhi at 2.20am, passengers found themselves once again grounded back in the Indian capital city when the plane landed at 3.55am.

And when wildlife experts boarded the plane to retrieve the bat, it was found dead in the Business Class section.

A spokesperson for the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) in India said: "The bat was found dead in the plane."

And an Air India official added: "Mammals such as this one have the possibility of coming from third party vehicles, like catering vehicles."

The Air India aircraft was forced to dump $300,000 worth of fuel before making its emergency landing back at Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport.

Soon after the passengers deboarded, the fumigation took place after the carcass of the bat was removed from the plane.

And now, the airline has sought a detailed report from the engineering team of the B777-300ER aircraft.

This is believed to be the first incident of its kind for Air India in which a live bat has been found in a plane.