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Cows Falling From The Sky?  
User currently offlineAdriaticus From Mexico, joined May 2004, 1137 posts, RR: 19
Posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 9793 times:

About 9 years ago, I received the following e-mail from a good friend of mine, an experienced and level-headed pilot and ATC. I bumped into it today and wondered if any of the older fellow a.netters has heard about this case.

<< I'm not sure if this actually happened , but I thought we'd share it anyway...

According to Reuters, the dazed crew of a Japanese trawler was plucked out of the Sea of Japan earlier this year
[i.e., 1997] clinging to the wreckage of their sunken ship. Their rescue was followed by immediate imprisonment once authorities questioned the sailors on their ship's loss. To a man they claimed that a cow, falling out of a clear blue sky, had struck the trawler amidships, shattering its hull and sinking the vessel within minutes. They remained in prison for several weeks, until the Russian Air Force reluctantly informed Japanese authorities that the crew of one of its cargo planes had apparently stolen a cow wandering at the edge of a Siberian airfield, forced the cow into the plane's hold and hastiliy taken off for home. Unprepared for live cargo, the Russian crew was ill-equipped to manage a frightened cow rampaging within the hold. To save the aircraft and themselves, they shoved the animal out of the cargo hold as they crossed the Sea of Japan at a altitude of 30,000 feet. >>

What do you guys think? Is there something true to this story or is it one more of those legends that spreaded frequently back when the internet was almost a novelty?

I am posting this in good faith and with a true intention for finding out. No  duck  please.

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User currently offlineOPNLguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 9783 times:

Nope...

http://www.snopes.com/critters/farce/cowtao.htm


User currently offlineChiGB1973 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 1615 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 9763 times:

My aunt had her pet hog stolen by the city maintenance crews. Boy she had a fit. Luckily she got it back before they put it in the ground. No air travel for this one.

I forget that pigs name.

M


User currently offlineDeltaGuy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 9754 times:

Sounds like a ChickFilA commercial or something  Smile

DeltaGuy


User currently offlineOMA2FAI2SAV From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 9709 times:

Quoting DeltaGuy (Reply 3):
Sounds like a ChickFilA commercial or something

Exactly what I was thinking. Funny story, but not true. Thank goodness for the cow.

~Jason


User currently offlinePtugarin From United States of America, joined Sep 2006, 326 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 9670 times:

It's similar to the story about this burned scuba diver found in the middle of the forest fire. The story goes that the firefighting plane scooped him out of the water as it was refilling its tanks and dropped him over the flames.

User currently offlineAdriaticus From Mexico, joined May 2004, 1137 posts, RR: 19
Reply 6, posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 9619 times:

Quoting OPNLguy (Reply 1):
Nope...

http://www.snopes.com/critters/farce...o.htm

Thanks OPNLguy!!. This clarifies it. Interesting backgroud, though...

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User currently offlineCV990A From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 1419 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 9573 times:

Thanks for the reminder- I had totally forgotten about this! A wonderful laugh for a Sunday Night. I'm thinking it sounds like a great episode idea for Mythbusters!


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User currently offlineCessnalady From Mexico, joined May 2004, 310 posts, RR: 4
Reply 8, posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 9290 times:

Truth or legend, I found this story to be extremely funny... Weak point: If the cow had been stolen in Siberia, and the Russian crew was "returning home", what in the world would such aircraft be doing flying over the Sea of Japan?

Basic knowledge of geography is recommendable, even for lying...

Marie


User currently offlineThepilot From Canada, joined Jan 2010, 5 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 9171 times:

Cows also go up into the sky, don't forget!

www.cowabduction.com



From YVR
User currently offlineMSNtriathlete From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 159 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 9142 times:

That is hilarious! Actually, the closest thing to flying cows was when a line of tornados struck near Madison (Stoughton, WI, to be exact), in August 2005. My coworker lives next to a dairy farm and looked out the window to see cows being hurled through the air, literally. She then ran like hell for the basement, of course. The damage from the tornados was nightmarishly violent. Nothing to do with aviation, but cows DO fall from the sky sometimes!

User currently offlineStarrion From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 1126 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 9057 times:

I heard this UL from our mini-bus driver on the Big Island of Hawaii. The Parker Ranch, which exports huge numbers of cows via heavy aircraft suppossedly had a bull go beserk on board. Fearing for the aircraft safety they got it to lower altitude, opened the rear loading door and the bull ran out the door @8000ft.

Once pressed for detail, the plane was variously a 747 or 727. I didn't buy it and he seemed annoyed that I was spoiling the story with facts.



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User currently offlinePtugarin From United States of America, joined Sep 2006, 326 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 8839 times:

Quoting Cessnalady (Reply 8):
what in the world would such aircraft be doing flying over the Sea of Japan?

The aircraft and crew may have been based on Kunashir island in the Southern kurils, and made an intermediate stop in Vladivostok  Smile


User currently offlineRIX From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 1787 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 8730 times:

I heard this story, a bit "modified", like 15 years ago. The plane was a bomber, the cow was a sheep, not stolen but bought, the flight was from Ukraine to one of the Soviet Asian republics, the sea was a big lake (no, not Baikal... geography was OK in that version  Smile). Was very, very funny, but - just a joke.

User currently offlineComorin From United States of America, joined May 2005, 4896 posts, RR: 16
Reply 14, posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 8494 times:

This is the first time I herd about it...

User currently offlineLitz From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1761 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 8343 times:
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Quoting Ptugarin (Reply 5):
It's similar to the story about this burned scuba diver found in the middle of the forest fire. The story goes that the firefighting plane scooped him out of the water as it was refilling its tanks and dropped him over the flames.

This has actually been on Mythbusters (unlike the cow, which would make a damned good Mythbusters episode), and proven false.

The fill pipe for the firefighting helicopter (can't be a plane, 'cause the intakes on a plane are very small) can indeed grab ahold of you and pull you up through the water, but as your weight drastically increases as soon as you exit the water, you quickly weigh far more than the suction can grab, and you'll fall off the end of the pipe.

- litz


User currently offlineKELPkid From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 6369 posts, RR: 3
Reply 16, posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 8315 times:

Quoting MSNtriathlete (Reply 10):
That is hilarious! Actually, the closest thing to flying cows was when a line of tornados struck near Madison (Stoughton, WI, to be exact), in August 2005. My coworker lives next to a dairy farm and looked out the window to see cows being hurled through the air, literally. She then ran like hell for the basement, of course. The damage from the tornados was nightmarishly violent. Nothing to do with aviation, but cows DO fall from the sky sometimes!

I was going to say, no one has watched the movie Twister in a while, have they? Famous quote from the movie: "I've gotta go now, we've got cows!!!"  Wink



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User currently offlineSLCUT2777 From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 4049 posts, RR: 11
Reply 17, posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 8294 times:

Quoting DeltaGuy (Reply 3):
Sounds like a ChickFilA commercial or something

Are we certain WN hasn't secretly expanded to Japan or Russia?  laughing   rotfl 



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User currently offlineBigJimFX From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 321 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 8290 times:

Quoting Litz (Reply 15):
This has actually been on Mythbusters (unlike the cow, which would make a damned good Mythbusters episode), and proven false.

Totally beat me to it!!! GRRRR

Quoting Litz (Reply 15):
The fill pipe for the firefighting helicopter (can't be a plane, 'cause the intakes on a plane are very small) can indeed grab ahold of you and pull you up through the water, but as your weight drastically increases as soon as you exit the water, you quickly weigh far more than the suction can grab, and you'll fall off the end of the pipe.

Different from the "myth." Would totally watch that episodes of Mythbusters though!



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User currently offlineSteeler83 From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 9191 posts, RR: 18
Reply 19, posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 8281 times:

Hmm, cows flying... Consult the producers, creator, and director of Twister for that one  Wink

[moooo]
Jo: Cow...

[moooo]
Jo: Another Cow...
Bill: Actually I think that was the same one...



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User currently offlineCessnaLady From Mexico, joined May 2004, 310 posts, RR: 4
Reply 20, posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 10 hours ago) and read 8116 times:

Quoting Ptugarin (Reply 12):
The aircraft and crew may have been based on Kunashir island in the Southern kurils, and made an intermediate stop in Vladivostok

I stand corrected. Thanks for offering this plausible option... Albeit it would necessarily be the other way around; the flight coming from Siberia, stopping in Vladivostok (VVO?), and then going "home" to the Kuril islands... 

Marie

[Edited 2006-11-18 01:07:46]

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