Shocking! How a live Croc made a Plane to Crash
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Let’s devote a few seconds to offer a solemn prayer for the eternal repose of these innocent air victims who have perished all because of man’s foolishness to smuggle a live crocodile in a plane. God- give them peace. Amen!
A croc escapes
Here is the horrible tale.
As the small aircraft began its descent for the landing in Bandundu, the terrified flight stewardess and passengers shriek at the top of their voices and ran for their lives upon seeing the concealed crocodile wriggling and escaping from a passenger’s sports bag
Passengers converge in the cockpit
Seeing no other way to escape harm, the startled passengers followed the equally panicky airline hostess from the cabin to the cockpit. The concentration of people in the cockpit proved disastrous. It added extra weight to the cockpit causing the plane to fly off-balance.
Pilot loses control
Tragedy strikes despite the heroic efforts of the pilot on the controls, the plane spins and smashes an empty house some 100 meters distance from its destination, said the report
Scene of disaster
Rescuers rushed to the scene of tragedy. They found and reported 20 dead bodies of passengers and crew including First Officer British Chris Wilson, 39, and Belgian pilot and owner of the plane Danny Philemotte, 62. They likewise discovered among the plane and house wreckage 1 live passenger-survivor and the crocodile which causes the trouble also alive. They smashed the unsuspecting reptile with a machete.
The lone survivor tells the story
The ill-fated aircraft plummeted down with no mechanical trouble. The passenger who survived the crash lived to tell everything to the investigators. He testified it was the crocodile that sparked the stampede in the cabin when it escaped from a sports bag where it was smuggled in by a passenger who was planning to sell it.
The plane that crashed was a Czech-made LET L-410 Turbolet which flew that day of August 25, 2010 from the Congo Capital of Kinshasa bound for the airport of Bandundu.
Lesson: Strict confiscation of illegal and smuggled things must be enforced before passengers are permitted to board aircraft to forestall future tragedies.
Source: The Telegraph