adriaticus
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Cows Falling From The Sky?

Mon Nov 13, 2006 11:16 am

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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RE: Cows Falling From The Sky?

Mon Nov 13, 2006 11:19 am

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RE: Cows Falling From The Sky?

Mon Nov 13, 2006 11:22 am

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.

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RE: Cows Falling From The Sky?

Mon Nov 13, 2006 11:24 am

Sounds like a ChickFilA commercial or something  Smile

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RE: Cows Falling From The Sky?

Mon Nov 13, 2006 11:51 am

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.

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RE: Cows Falling From The Sky?

Mon Nov 13, 2006 12:07 pm

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.
 
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RE: Cows Falling From The Sky?

Mon Nov 13, 2006 12:35 pm

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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RE: Cows Falling From The Sky?

Mon Nov 13, 2006 12:50 pm

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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cessnalady
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RE: Cows Falling From The Sky?

Mon Nov 13, 2006 11:58 pm

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...

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RE: Cows Falling From The Sky?

Tue Nov 14, 2006 1:03 am

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

www.cowabduction.com
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MSNtriathlete
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RE: Cows Falling From The Sky?

Tue Nov 14, 2006 1:17 am

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!
 
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RE: Cows Falling From The Sky?

Tue Nov 14, 2006 1:56 am

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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RE: Cows Falling From The Sky?

Tue Nov 14, 2006 5:58 am

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
 
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RE: Cows Falling From The Sky?

Tue Nov 14, 2006 7:37 am

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.
 
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RE: Cows Falling From The Sky?

Tue Nov 14, 2006 10:55 pm

This is the first time I herd about it...
 
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RE: Cows Falling From The Sky?

Wed Nov 15, 2006 8:47 am

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.

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RE: Cows Falling From The Sky?

Wed Nov 15, 2006 9:07 am

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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RE: Cows Falling From The Sky?

Wed Nov 15, 2006 9:15 am

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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RE: Cows Falling From The Sky?

Wed Nov 15, 2006 9:20 am

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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RE: Cows Falling From The Sky?

Wed Nov 15, 2006 9:23 am

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

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RE: Cows Falling From The Sky?

Sat Nov 18, 2006 9:03 am

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

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