Lindy
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Fire In Cargo Hold SAA B747-400

Sat Feb 05, 2000 6:40 am

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.

I think that this is worth to be posted here

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RE: Fire In Cargo Hold SAA B747-400

Sat Feb 05, 2000 6:46 am

Are you sure they weren't codesharing with Suckling Airways?  
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RE: Fire In Cargo Hold SAA B747-400

Sat Feb 05, 2000 6:48 am

A fire hazard in the hold and the pilot decided to go all the way back to Heathrow. That was risky. Wasn't that kind of dumb. A frayed wire and the gases could've gone BOOM!
 
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RE: Fire In Cargo Hold SAA B747-400

Sat Feb 05, 2000 7:42 am

This is from the book "Flights to disaster"

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RE: Fire In Cargo Hold SAA B747-400

Sat Feb 05, 2000 8:39 am

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.

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