Lindy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (15 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 2853 times:
This is so funny
Flight safety has its lighter moments. In April 1995 a South African Airways Boeing 747-400 set off from London to Johannesburg with 300 passengers down the back and 75 breeding pigs in the hold. Two and half-hours out from London, the flight crew suddenly saw flashing lights indicating a fire hazard in the hold. The airliner was over Algeria at this stage but the captain decided to return to Heathrow. On landing, it was found that the severe stress of the flight had rendered the pigs so flatulent that their gas emissions had triggered the sensitive alarm system. Incredulous passengers, who were delayed for 15 hours, were only told of the cause of the alarm once the aircraft had resumed its flight to Johannesburg.
Kaitak From Ireland, joined Aug 1999, 12780 posts, RR: 34
Reply 4, posted (15 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 2775 times:
Read all about it -
flatulent pigs cause loss of $150m airplane!
Come on guys; it would take a lot more than flatulent pigs and a frayed wire to take down a 747 and besides which, if they were really in any doubt about the safety aspect, they'd have landed somewhere in Algeria.