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174 Sheep Die On SQ Cargo Flight

Posted: Thu Oct 09, 2014 2:43 am
by ABpositive
174 sheep died of heat stress on an export cargo flight from Perth to Singapore. Poor ventilation has been blamed for the deaths.

A terrible way for anyone to die.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-10-0...-plane-flight-investigated/5797906

RE: 174 Sheep Die On SQ Cargo Flight

Posted: Thu Oct 09, 2014 2:55 am
by A388
Very regrettable and sad to see so many animals die this way slowly. I hope actions/measures will be taken to avoid this from happening again. SQ will most likely get a big claim from this.

A388

RE: 174 Sheep Die On SQ Cargo Flight

Posted: Thu Oct 09, 2014 3:05 am
by Megatop747-412
Quoting A388 (Reply 1):
Very regrettable and sad to see so many animals die this way slowly. I hope actions/measures will be taken to avoid this from happening again. SQ will most likely get a big claim from this.

A388

Totally agree, a sad and horrible way to perish. Those poor souls - they may be sheep but they sure have a soul!

And yes let's hope the investigation will put in place recommendations and steps to avoid such an incident from happenning again.

RE: 174 Sheep Die On SQ Cargo Flight

Posted: Thu Oct 09, 2014 4:38 am
by DolphinAir747
Tragic. Was this a shipment as part of celebrations in the Middle East?

SQ should refuse to ship animals, just as every airline except AF has stopped monkey shipments due to public pressure.

RE: 174 Sheep Die On SQ Cargo Flight

Posted: Thu Oct 09, 2014 5:40 am
by PanHAM
Live animal shipped by air is a standard every dy practise. Something went wrong here and it is not clear if the ventilation in that compartment of the 744F failed or the ULDs were not properly loaded. Could be too many sheep per ULD as well.

Banning live animals from transport is not the answer. one day chicks and tropical fish are by far the largest number shipped. Sheep are important for countries like Australia, especially when the receiving countries are unable or incompetent to farm the demand at home. Breeding cattle are exports from Europe and last but not least pets are shipped by the thousands each day. Would we expect relocating families to leave a family member back?

Not really, I guess.

RE: 174 Sheep Die On SQ Cargo Flight

Posted: Thu Oct 09, 2014 5:42 am
by ipodguy7
Quoting DolphinAir747 (Reply 4):

Tragic. Was this a shipment as part of celebrations in the Middle East?

SQ should refuse to ship animals, just as every airline except AF has stopped monkey shipments due to public pressure.

Perhaps I'm a bit thick in the head here, but why would Monkeys flying in Cargo be different than say, sheep, dogs, or cats in the hold? Quite fascinating that only one airline would be willing to fly a monkey. Either way, SQ is bound to face considerable heat (no pun intended) from PETA (if such a thing exists in South East-Asia), and the like. Regardless, SQ is clearly at fault here.

[Edited 2014-10-08 22:44:38]

RE: 174 Sheep Die On SQ Cargo Flight

Posted: Thu Oct 09, 2014 6:00 am
by PanHAM
Public blackmail by pressure groups like PETA. One can argue whether monkeys are needed for biiological / clinical research. The University of Bremen won a case all the way up to the highest court. That does not keep such groups who have no democratic legitimation to carry on with their intimidation campaigns.

Kudos to AF for keeping up against these people. As can be seen here, the demand for banning live animal transport is quickly said. what that would mean at the end of the day is not even thought over.

RE: 174 Sheep Die On SQ Cargo Flight

Posted: Thu Oct 09, 2014 6:01 am
by benjjk
Quoting DolphinAir747 (Reply 4):
SQ should refuse to ship animals, just as every airline except AF has stopped monkey shipments due to public pressure.

Why?

Australian zoos have historically had tremendous success with breeding programs for endangered species. That would become virtually impossible if animals couldn't fly.

I do realise that live animal exports are a different story, but as long as it can be done safely and humanely it should continue.

RE: 174 Sheep Die On SQ Cargo Flight

Posted: Thu Oct 09, 2014 6:05 am
by AR385
I´m sorry for the sheep. Bad PR for SQ too. I hope they can determine quickly what happened so it does not happen again.

Back in 1989 on AA DFW-MAD we had to return to the gate because a couple of dogs were put in the wrong compartment.

RE: 174 Sheep Die On SQ Cargo Flight

Posted: Thu Oct 09, 2014 7:57 am
by RWA380
Quoting ABpositive (Thread starter):
174 sheep died of heat stress on an export cargo flight from Perth to Singapore. Poor ventilation has been blamed for the deaths.

If Australia or Singapore have laws like the US, somebody could be facing charges of animal abuse or worse, with financial penalties as well as involuntarily loosing their freedom for an extended time, I'm not exactly sure who'd be charged though.

RE: 174 Sheep Die On SQ Cargo Flight

Posted: Thu Oct 09, 2014 8:07 am
by F9Animal
I would think with such a large shipment of animals, they would have been in the main section of the aircraft. Do crews ever check on live animals when flying a freighter? I would think it would be a common practice for at least one crew member to go down to the main deck and check on things.

This is so sad. I remember several years ago, several puppies died on a UA DC-10 in Chicago. It was during the summer, and the flight sat on the tarmac for several hours due to a mechanical. The animals were loaded, and forgotten about.  

RE: 174 Sheep Die On SQ Cargo Flight

Posted: Thu Oct 09, 2014 8:20 am
by vfw614
Hmmm, for what kind of sheep does it make commerical sense to send them as air cargo? While I see the point for very small animals like chicks of fish or very valuable animals like wildlife, horses etc. - or even certain cows for breeding purposes -, what is the going rate for a sheep so that an airlift is lucrative for the buyer? I seem to remember watching a TV report that sheep exports from Down Under are usually done with huge vessels with storeys over storeys of stabling (or in refrigerator ships...)

RE: 174 Sheep Die On SQ Cargo Flight

Posted: Thu Oct 09, 2014 8:40 am
by PanHAM
A high Muslim festivity for instance, but could be for breeding as well, in which case they have some lambs in the oven. The sheep carried on vessels have it nothing better except more fresh air for those near the board of the ship. I would not want to now the mortality rate on ocean vessels. The crews usually don't have that understanding for animals.

As to an attendant, not sure if a special attendant is required for sheep. Horses won't fly without and cattle as well.

Quoting RWA380 (Reply 10):
If Australia or Singapore have laws like the US, somebody could be facing charges of animal abuse or worse, with

The state would have to rpove negligence. If everything is done by the book there is no case. BTW, why do you always have to put people into jail? Even if negligence is proven, that would be nothing more than a fine according to the persons income. After all, such deaths are accidental, not intentially and these sheep face a grim death having their throats cut without stunning.

[Edited 2014-10-09 01:43:03]

RE: 174 Sheep Die On SQ Cargo Flight

Posted: Thu Oct 09, 2014 8:57 am
by AngMoh
Just for a reference: 2200 sheep were flown in for the Korban, the ritual slaughtering of animals in mosques during Hari Raja Haji. So by the time you ready this, all 2200 sheep are dead and have been served for dinner.

The main issue in Singapore was the fact that the they came 174 sheep short for distribution, so there were last minute arrangements to be made to compensate for that. I believe the sheep were flown in overnight and went straight from the airport to the mosques. In the past most of the transfer was by ship and this is the first time I heard that it was by air transport. There we issues in the past with ships delayed by weather, disease outbreaks on ships as well as large amounts of sheep dying of heat on the ships.

In Singapore, no-one will get charged. Worst case it will be a poor performance rating and no bonus.

RE: 174 Sheep Die On SQ Cargo Flight

Posted: Thu Oct 09, 2014 10:09 am
by JetBuddy
Tragic way to die for those sheep in the freighter. But even more tragic for all those sheep being inhumanely and brutally slaughtered in the mosques they were heading for. I won't elaborate further in case I'm stepping on some sensitive toes.

In general I wouldn't send any animals I cared for as air cargo. I've seen how they are treated.

RE: 174 Sheep Die On SQ Cargo Flight

Posted: Thu Oct 09, 2014 10:16 am
by kl911
Very sad indeed, but why not ship sheep by sea? It's not an expensive/rare meat.

RE: 174 Sheep Die On SQ Cargo Flight

Posted: Thu Oct 09, 2014 10:41 am
by SYDSpotter
Quoting AngMoh (Reply 13):
The main issue in Singapore was the fact that the they came 174 sheep short for distribution, so there were last minute arrangements to be made to compensate for that. I believe the sheep were flown in overnight and went straight from the airport to the mosques. In the past most of the transfer was by ship and this is the first time I heard that it was by air transport. There we issues in the past with ships delayed by weather, disease outbreaks on ships as well as large amounts of sheep dying of heat on the ships.

Thanks for the background info, I also had never heard of sheep/cattle (in these numbers) being transported by air until this incident. Normally they do go via ship given the economics. An unfortunate incident for sure, but unless someone deliberately caused this, I don't think there is a need to further escalate this - although you are bound to have some of the more radical animal activists kick up a massive storm.

RE: 174 Sheep Die On SQ Cargo Flight

Posted: Thu Oct 09, 2014 11:08 am
by Bongodog1964
Quoting vfw614 (Reply 13):
what is the going rate for a sheep so that an airlift is lucrative for the buyer?

The going rate in the UK for a slaughter sheep is £70 - £100 depending on weight/age/condition. I believe the New Zealand price to be rather less, totally uneconomic to transport by air unless there is urgent need on religous/cultural grounds.

Breeding stock is also fairly inexpensive, rams only fetch a few hundred pounds, its not like the top end cattle market.

RE: 174 Sheep Die On SQ Cargo Flight

Posted: Thu Oct 09, 2014 11:35 am
by bthebest
Don't be so quick to blame SQ. Whilst they are liable, this may have a been an avoidable mechanical failure. No system is perfect and everyone involved in the process accepts a proportion of risk. In the case of a statistically accepted mechanical failure, the risk is mostly held by the insurers .

RE: 174 Sheep Die On SQ Cargo Flight

Posted: Thu Oct 09, 2014 12:01 pm
by n797mx
Flags in NZ will be flown at half staff as a result of the tragedy.

  

Serious note. I've wondered how do they carry mass livestock like this? Do they have carriers or do they just throw them in there?

RE: 174 Sheep Die On SQ Cargo Flight

Posted: Thu Oct 09, 2014 12:15 pm
by SYDSpotter
Quoting n797mx (Reply 19):
Flags in NZ will be flown at half staff as a result of the tragedy.

I know it's wrong but   

Quoting n797mx (Reply 19):
Serious note. I've wondered how do they carry mass livestock like this? Do they have carriers or do they just throw them in there?

There were probably specially configured crates/containers for the sheep. If you're ever seen other animals like horses/lions etc being transported, something similar I guess.

If they were being flown by EY, maybe they could've thrown them in the "Residences", lots of room to roam around  

RE: 174 Sheep Die On SQ Cargo Flight

Posted: Thu Oct 09, 2014 12:26 pm
by SPQR
Quoting PanHAM (Reply 12):

If you can find on TV or on line a show called 'Mighty Ships' they have an episode about a cattle ship called 'Becrux' and they follow a load of cattle from Australia to the Middle East. You would be surprised to the extent they go to keep their cargo in good condition.

RE: 174 Sheep Die On SQ Cargo Flight

Posted: Thu Oct 09, 2014 12:31 pm
by Bongodog1964
Quoting bthebest (Reply 18):
Don't be so quick to blame SQ. Whilst they are liable, this may have a been an avoidable mechanical failure. No system is perfect and everyone involved in the process accepts a proportion of risk. In the case of a statistically accepted mechanical failure, the risk is mostly held by the insurers .

I'm not surprised at all at this tragedy, a fully grown sheep is going to have a weight of around 60 kg, that's not far short of an adult female passenger. The plane was carrying 2000 sheep, in very rough terms the ventilation systems on board had got to cope with around 4 times what it would with human passengers and they were likely to be loading in high outside temperatures. Additionally in order to get 2000 on board they would be loaded in such a way that no one could gain access to them in flight.
It needs to be borne in mind that the basic elements required to keep these sheep alive are the same as for human passengers, reasonable temperatures, adequate hydration and adequate oxygen. If they can't get it right in one instance should they be trusted in the other ?

I see the argument about accepting risk, there's a risk attached to everything, but to kill 8% of your live cargo is way beyond the realms of risk. Its a major c88k up.

RE: 174 Sheep Die On SQ Cargo Flight

Posted: Thu Oct 09, 2014 12:31 pm
by jcwr56
Quoting JetBuddy (Reply 14):
But even more tragic for all those sheep being inhumanely and brutally slaughtered in the mosques they were heading for. I won't elaborate further in case I'm stepping on some sensitive toes.

Very much the same way us here in America slaughter roughly 40MM Turkeys for our Thanksgiving each year. Nothing tragic about it.


As to topic on hand, a review will probably be made with revisions to policy and procedures addressed. It seemed like an accident, nothing more.

RE: 174 Sheep Die On SQ Cargo Flight

Posted: Thu Oct 09, 2014 12:39 pm
by Bongodog1964
Quoting jcwr56 (Reply 23):

Quoting JetBuddy (Reply 14):
But even more tragic for all those sheep being inhumanely and brutally slaughtered in the mosques they were heading for. I won't elaborate further in case I'm stepping on some sensitive toes.

Very much the same way us here in America slaughter roughly 40MM Turkeys for our Thanksgiving each year. Nothing tragic about it.

I don't think you kill your thanksgiving turkey by slitting its throat whilst full conscious, in the Church car park do you ?

I mentioned the usual value of a sheep earlier, in order to make air shipment economic, the purchasers are paying way over normal odds for the right to barbarically slaughter a sheep.

RE: 174 Sheep Die On SQ Cargo Flight

Posted: Thu Oct 09, 2014 12:40 pm
by 777way
They should have attendants onboard like for horses and cattle, yet some cattle passed in a similar way on an Atlas 748F enroute from Melbourne to Almaty a year ago http://www.aircargonews.net/news/sin...le-die-on-atlas-air-freighter.html

RE: 174 Sheep Die On SQ Cargo Flight

Posted: Thu Oct 09, 2014 12:54 pm
by bond007
Quoting Bongodog1964 (Reply 24):
I don't think you kill your thanksgiving turkey by slitting its throat whilst full conscious, in the Church car park do you ?

Apart from being in a church car park, AFAIK thats exactly how they are killed.


Jimbo

RE: 174 Sheep Die On SQ Cargo Flight

Posted: Thu Oct 09, 2014 1:21 pm
by Bongodog1964
Quoting bond007 (Reply 26):
Quoting Bongodog1964 (Reply 24):
I don't think you kill your thanksgiving turkey by slitting its throat whilst full conscious, in the Church car park do you ?

Apart from being in a church car park, AFAIK thats exactly how they are killed.

Unless US regulations are different to here all poultry will be stunned first.

RE: 174 Sheep Die On SQ Cargo Flight

Posted: Thu Oct 09, 2014 1:35 pm
by Revelation
Quoting Bongodog1964 (Reply 22):
I'm not surprised at all at this tragedy, a fully grown sheep is going to have a weight of around 60 kg, that's not far short of an adult female passenger.

I don't think adult females will be happy with the comparison! 

RE: 174 Sheep Die On SQ Cargo Flight

Posted: Thu Oct 09, 2014 1:37 pm
by Bongodog1964
Quoting Revelation (Reply 28):

Quoting Bongodog1964 (Reply 22):
I'm not surprised at all at this tragedy, a fully grown sheep is going to have a weight of around 60 kg, that's not far short of an adult female passenger.

I don't think adult females will be happy with the comparison! 

I don't know, I see a lot who would love to see the scales read 60kg   

RE: 174 Sheep Die On SQ Cargo Flight

Posted: Thu Oct 09, 2014 1:49 pm
by Revelation
Quoting Bongodog1964 (Reply 29):
I don't know, I see a lot who would love to see the scales read 60kg

LOL! You made my day! 

RE: 174 Sheep Die On SQ Cargo Flight

Posted: Thu Oct 09, 2014 2:08 pm
by bond007
Quoting Bongodog1964 (Reply 27):
Unless US regulations are different to here all poultry will be stunned first.

In the USA, Poultry is not protected by the Humane Slaughter Act.

Some are stunned, but often not. Just hung upside down, throat cut, and plunged into boiling water.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Jimbo

RE: 174 Sheep Die On SQ Cargo Flight

Posted: Thu Oct 09, 2014 2:15 pm
by RussianJet
Did someone say something about monkeys on planes?

https://c2.staticflickr.com/4/3496/5700685317_6734082d42_b.jpg

On a serious note - terrible incident. I agree, however, that something has gone wrong here - this kind of serious incident is not very common.

RE: 174 Sheep Die On SQ Cargo Flight

Posted: Thu Oct 09, 2014 2:18 pm
by Bongodog1964
Quoting bond007 (Reply 31):

Quoting Bongodog1964 (Reply 27):
Unless US regulations are different to here all poultry will be stunned first.

In the USA, Poultry is not protected by the Humane Slaughter Act.

Some are stunned, but often not. Just hung upside down, throat cut, and plunged into boiling water.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Jimbo

if thats not bad enough, surely the ultimate indignity has to be the US cooking method of deep frying your turkey   

RE: 174 Sheep Die On SQ Cargo Flight

Posted: Thu Oct 09, 2014 2:54 pm
by mirrodie
....

Really don't like hearing such BAAAAAAAAAAAAA D news.


My BLEATING heart aches.

Very sad.


I'll be here all week.

RE: 174 Sheep Die On SQ Cargo Flight

Posted: Thu Oct 09, 2014 3:11 pm
by falstaff
Quoting JetBuddy (Reply 14):
brutally slaughtered in the mosques they were heading for.

I have seen 8mm films from my dad's family (taken in the late 1940s/early 1950s, that shows my grandfather and his friends hanging up a goat, cutting its throat and cooking it, in his backyard, in Pittsburgh.

I saw some photos from 1954 when Grandpa, my dad and some friends went to s farm, bought a goat then put in the trunk of Grandpa's '53 Cadillac and took it back to Pittsburgh where they ate it. These guys all were of Italian heritage and Catholic, so it isn't just Muslims who do such things.

Quoting jcwr56 (Reply 23):
Very much the same way us here in America slaughter roughly 40MM Turkeys for our Thanksgiving each year. Nothing tragic about it.

Or the way millions of Americans go out and hunt deer and bring it home and butcher it in their garage, while guzzling beer. Then we go to work and brag to all of our buddies about the deer we shot and pass the photos around.

Quoting Bongodog1964 (Reply 24):
I don't think you kill your thanksgiving turkey by slitting its throat whilst full conscious, in the Church car park do you ?

Not in the parking lot of church, but I shot in the woods. If you have turkeys on a farm I would imagine you would just go pick one out, chop off its head. I have eaten many a farm fresh chicken like that.

Quoting Bongodog1964 (Reply 27):
Unless US regulations are different to here all poultry will be stunned first.

Not if you kill it yourself. Going out to the woods, shooting a wild turkey and putting it on the dinner table is a lot of fun and it tastes great!

RE: 174 Sheep Die On SQ Cargo Flight

Posted: Thu Oct 09, 2014 3:24 pm
by copter808
Quoting PanHAM (Reply 12):
If everything is done by the book there is no case. BTW, why do you always have to put people into jail?

Putting people in jail is often counterproductive safety-wise. How truthful would one be when facing jail time, as opposed to little or no penalty for being honest? What has long been an important part of the aviation safety process is being eroded by the lawyers and some governments.

Quoting PanHAM (Reply 6):
Public blackmail by pressure groups like PETA. One can argue whether monkeys are needed for biiological / clinical research.

I might support keeping the monkeys safe and using PETA members instead!!!

RE: 174 Sheep Die On SQ Cargo Flight

Posted: Thu Oct 09, 2014 3:29 pm
by PanHAM
Quoting copter808 (Reply 36):
might support keeping the monkeys safe and using PETA members instead!!!

yep. But companies bow deeply to pressure groups. And that to one whose acronym reads "People Eating Tasty Animals"


OTH airlines like LH went the easy way and keep flying the "allowed animals" and have a world class animal terminal at FRA.

RE: 174 Sheep Die On SQ Cargo Flight

Posted: Thu Oct 09, 2014 3:30 pm
by rwessel
Quoting Bongodog1964 (Reply 27):
Unless US regulations are different to here all poultry will be stunned first.

Even for the ones that are stunned (and not all are), the procedure is less than gentle. The usual approach is to shackle their feet and dip their heads (while hanging upside down) into an electrified bath of water. Large numbers of birds suffer broken wings and legs in the process (IOW, before the stunning even happens). A fair number are not actually rendered unconscious (by inadequate current, or the chicken "ducking" at an inopportune moment). Then while hanging upside down, their throats are slit. And again, a fair number have this done inadequately (the production lines are very fast), and end up tossed alive (and sometimes) conscious into a boiling water bath intended to defeather them.

Really - we're not all that good on this issue.

RE: 174 Sheep Die On SQ Cargo Flight

Posted: Thu Oct 09, 2014 4:18 pm
by DAL763ER
So wait, we're feeling sorry for sheep that died on a plane when they were going to be slaughtered anyway? And someone would even go to jail for it in "democratic" US? The world is just becoming better and better isn't it?

RE: 174 Sheep Die On SQ Cargo Flight

Posted: Thu Oct 09, 2014 4:23 pm
by SIA747Megatop
I've learned a lot about how turkeys, sheep, chickens and deer are slaughtered by reading through this thread. I think I'll stick to some stir fried vegetables and rice just for tonight.  crazy   faint 

[Edited 2014-10-09 09:24:49]

RE: 174 Sheep Die On SQ Cargo Flight

Posted: Thu Oct 09, 2014 4:34 pm
by loalq
Terrible that these sheep died before they could get killed...

RE: 174 Sheep Die On SQ Cargo Flight

Posted: Thu Oct 09, 2014 4:46 pm
by falstaff
Quoting SIA747MEGATOP (Reply 40):
I've learned a lot about how turkeys, sheep, chickens and deer are slaughtered by reading through this thread.

Let's add fish to the list.... After catching a fish I put them in a basket, in the water, where they are held in " fish jail" until I'm ready to leave. Then I toss them in my cooler and take them home. I dump them out in the kitchen sink and a few are still flopping around. After they are dead I gut the fish and slice it up. Not a pretty sight, but fresh fish are great. If I'm Ice fishing I just toss the fish on the ice and gather them all up into my bucket when it's time to go home.

RE: 174 Sheep Die On SQ Cargo Flight

Posted: Thu Oct 09, 2014 5:22 pm
by Dash9
Quoting bond007 (Reply 26):
Apart from being in a church car park, AFAIK thats exactly how they are killed.

Here's how its done. Notice the Turkey reaction when its time is up
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7HEFmFOlSaQ

RE: 174 Sheep Die On SQ Cargo Flight

Posted: Thu Oct 09, 2014 5:44 pm
by trex8
Quoting Dash9 (Reply 43):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7HEFmFOlSaQ

  

How did I ever miss this before!!!!!!

RE: 174 Sheep Die On SQ Cargo Flight

Posted: Thu Oct 09, 2014 6:08 pm
by AnsettB727
Another reason why live animal transport must stop out of Australia. As usual, all the Australian Government can see is dollar signs, and to hell with any suffering the animals endure whilst in transit and during what will undoubtedly be an horrendous slaughter.

RE: 174 Sheep Die On SQ Cargo Flight

Posted: Thu Oct 09, 2014 6:21 pm
by DAL763ER
Quoting AnsettB727 (Reply 45):

Another reason why live animal transport must stop out of Australia. As usual, all the Australian Government can see is dollar signs, and to hell with any suffering the animals endure whilst in transit and during what will undoubtedly be an horrendous slaughter.

This is sheep we're talking about. They were going to be killed anyway, even if they stayed in Australia? So what difference does it make that they suffocated on the plane? Aren't they still edible?

RE: 174 Sheep Die On SQ Cargo Flight

Posted: Thu Oct 09, 2014 7:40 pm
by Bongodog1964
Quoting DAL763ER (Reply 46):
Quoting AnsettB727 (Reply 45):

Another reason why live animal transport must stop out of Australia. As usual, all the Australian Government can see is dollar signs, and to hell with any suffering the animals endure whilst in transit and during what will undoubtedly be an horrendous slaughter.

This is sheep we're talking about. They were going to be killed anyway, even if they stayed in Australia? So what difference does it make that they suffocated on the plane? Aren't they still edible?

The end user won't want them, these are intended for ritual slaughter as part of their religous festivals. if they were happy with a carcase they would be killed, skinned and gutted in Australia and shipped out as carcases, far more efficient, better for the animal and at less cost.

RE: 174 Sheep Die On SQ Cargo Flight

Posted: Fri Oct 10, 2014 2:03 am
by AR385
Quoting 777way (Reply 25):
They should have attendants onboard like for horses and cattle, yet some cattle passed in a similar way on an Atlas 748F enroute from Melbourne to Almaty a year ago http://www.aircargonews.net/news/sin...le-die-on-atlas-air-freighter.html

Every time an animal is shipped by air there are risks involved. When shipping expensive horses for example, special insurance is involved. Likewise with certain breeds of cattle when the animal is a stud or the cow is bough for bettering the stock somewhere. Air transport is very stressful for animals and many factors are involved that can go wrong.