Rat on a plane: Rodent cancels Sea-Tac flight

Rat on a plane: Rodent cancels Sea-Tac flight
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SEATTLE - An Alaska Airlines flight was canceled and passengers had to switch planes Thursday after a rat was seen scurrying around the aircraft as it was about to take off.

An Alaska Airlines official said Flight 676 was starting to depart at 7:40 a.m. when the rat was spotted. The plane immediately returned to the gate, and passengers were put on another plane about an hour later.

The official called the incident "a very rare occurrence."

The plane was taken out of service and a professional exterminator was brought in to make sure the rodent is gone before any passengers are allowed back on board.

Maintenance crews also will check to the make sure that the rat did not damage any of the plane's vital equipment.