Crocodile blamed for aircraft crash

Quirky news is a good beat to cover when the news is innocuous, but once lives are lost the news serves as a reminder we are in a serious industry and matters need to be checked, double checked, and re-checked. Or in this situation: thought through.

The solve survivor of a 25 August aircraft crash in the Democratic Republic of Congo now says a crocodile is to blame for the loss of 19 lives on a Czech-made Let L-410 Turbolet.

According to the account, one passenger reportedly hid a crocodile in a carry-on bag on a Filair flight from Kinshasa to Bandundu. The passenger apparently wanted to sell the reptile but during descent it escaped its bag.

“The terrified air hostess hurried towards the cockpit, followed by the passengers,” the account says. As a result, the small aircraft lost its centre of gravity, ostensibly leading to its crash. The crocodile apparently survived but was later cut up with a machete.

Crocs, like snakes, don’t belong on planes unless they are properly carried.

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