Crocodile on plane kills 19 passengers!

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  1. Steely Dan

    Steely Dan Former Member

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    The croc had been hidden in a passenger's sports bag.

    ...The croc had been hidden in a passenger's sports bag - allegedly with plans to sell it - but it tore loose and ran amok, sparking panic.

    A stampede of terrified passengers caused the small aircraft to lose balance and tip over in mid-air during an internal flight in the Democratic Republic of Congo....



    Read more: http://www.news.com.au/travel/news/...19/story-e6frfq80-1225942045322#ixzz139ic2ygQ

    It's a horrible, horrible accident but a least the poo head who brought it on died too.
     
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  3. jjenny

    jjenny Well-Known Member

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    19 people killed is not funny.
     
  4. tlcya

    tlcya Well-Known Member

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    I'll bet you have never nervously laughed at an inappropriate time in your life have you? How nice for you.
     
  5. MagicRose99

    MagicRose99 Watch out for my thorns!

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    One survivor who told the tale... amazing!

    This line made me chuckle though:
    "The crocodile survived the crash before being cut up with a machete."
     
  6. Steely Dan

    Steely Dan Former Member

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    It's not funny, it's weird and unusual. I really hope the guy who survived wasn't the smuggler.
     
  7. nervous_nellie

    nervous_nellie Carpe Noctem

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    i dont understand why they had to kill the crocodile? its not his fault some dummy stuffed him into a duffel bag and put him on a plane. at first i thought the crock killed the 19 people, i bet the croc was just as frightened as the people! guess the security is a bit lax at airports in the congo??? didnt have to put that duffel bag thru the x-ray scan... lol?
     
  8. Filly

    Filly KICKING AND SHINING

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    A plane can tip over if all the people run to one side?

    What?

    Czech made airplane in the Congo with some nutter stuffing a croc in his carry on caused 19 people to die.

    That's crazy.
     
  9. Gozgals

    Gozgals New Member

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    Very sad story but why did they have to kill the Croc? Dang.

    Goz
     
  10. grayjay

    grayjay Active Member

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    Before reading this, I had to chuckle, like is this a sensational front page for a tabloid, or the title of the sequel to snakes on a plane.

    But seriously, reading it, it's mayhem and it's completely tragic.
     
  11. Herding Cats

    Herding Cats New Member

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    Balance in a small plane is far more important than in a large plane. This was a small plane, and say each passenger weighed 150 lbs; that's close to 3000 pounds moving at one time. That can create massive issues with air flow over the wings (or "lift"), and if they already were in a descent, that would not allow the pilot time to recover.

    Now, in a large plane, 3000 pounds moving around isn't really going to cause a lot of issues; the engines weigh more than that, and ballast is created. But with a small plane, yeah, it can cause it to crash.

    And even in a large plane, a load shift can cause serious issues. However, in a large plane, the load has to also be proportionately large, and the shift has to be significant, before it can cause lift/flight problems.

    God rest the 19 who died...and the croc.

    Best-
    Herding Cats
     
  12. Cypros

    Cypros New Member

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    Holy Cr@p! The the one who deserved the machete was the idiot who brought a crocodile onto the plane. Big Darwin Award for him! But too bad he took so many innocents with him.
     
  13. kgeaux

    kgeaux New Member

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    People always want to slaughter any wildlife that actually has the nerve to act....wild. Imagine, a croc that did not want to be confined to some idiots luggage!? They should have returned the animal to his natural habitat.
     
  14. Alaska4959

    Alaska4959 No, I cannot see Russia from my house.

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    Says the croc was found as rescuers sifted through the wreckage. Maybe they were threatened by the croc or maybe croc was making a meal of the remains of a crash victim.

    As for plane being unbalanced, didn't it say the flight attendant ran toward the cockpit and the passengers followed? That makes me think the nose of the plane would dip and they would fly straight into the ground.
     
  15. LunaticFringe

    LunaticFringe I know you're out there...

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    Damn Sam............and that's all I got to say about that.
     
  16. bessie

    bessie Administrator Staff Member Administrator Moderator

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    Twenty-some years ago, I was flying home from Chicago with my husband and son. Don't remember the aircraft, Boeing 7-something-7, I think. There weren't many passengers, and our assigned seats were in the rear. The flight attendants asked all the passengers to sit in the middle to "balance the plane". I thought they must be kidding, that it's just more convenient for the FA's if the passengers are clustered in one area. Nope. My husband gave me a quick lesson on aviation physics. :eek: Who knew?

    Such a terrible accident. A tragic, senseless loss of life for the folks who died and the croc who was a victim himself.
     
  17. zoomom

    zoomom Love, Chaos, & Supper

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    I have so many thoughts on this story - ignorance on many levels caused 19 funerals to have to be planned. 19 families' tears. Some of you may have heard about the story of a Crocodile Sanctuary being burned down by a mob in Belize about a month ago. That is/was my brother and sil's rescue facility. The villagers chopped up those crocs in their fenced-in pens, for no reason besides fear or hate....after the entire property was burned to the ground.

    http://edition.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/a...d/index.html?hpt=C2#fbid=5Wl5wdYdY7I&wom=true
     
  18. nervous_nellie

    nervous_nellie Carpe Noctem

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    im so sorry zoomom! that is AWFUL! what is wrong with people? this makes me mad. your poor brother and sil - must have been gut wrenching for them. :shakehead:
     
  19. zoomom

    zoomom Love, Chaos, & Supper

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    Sorry for the OT: but it had to do with crocs and missing kids.....

    Thanks Nellie - there is still an ongoing investigation. If my bro & sil were there at the time they would have been killed. Of course the missing kids are at the heart of the arson. Me and 3 other people set up an anonymous Reward Fund for the safe return of the kids. No questions asked. Just drop them off to their parents or the police. Zero response so far.

    http://sanpedrosun.blogspot.com/2010/10/reward-offered-for-missing-children.html

    http://edition.channel5belize.com/a...e=facebook.com&utm_content=sociable-wordpress

    http://edition.channel5belize.com/archives/38112

    http://edition.channel5belize.com/archives/39340
     
  20. LadyL

    LadyL Well-Known Member

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    what???!!!!!
     
  21. zoomom

    zoomom Love, Chaos, & Supper

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    Vince and Cherie were working with the Govt. of Belize to capture overly fearless crocs in order to protect the public. (much like people feed bears in nat. parks here in the US, the bears grow more and more bold till someone gets hurt or mauled to death). The crocs were taken to the sanctuary where they were measured, tagged, medically treated if necessary, and then released far away from popuated areas.

    http://www.facebook.com/search/?flt...can-Crocodile-Education-Sanctuary/62710518060

    also: http://www.facebook.com/search/?flt...0.9246622694278677#!/aces.american.crocodiles

    Some of the Indiginous peoples in the villages see "protecting" crocs as a bad thing, and see it as an affront to their culture. They are VERY afraid of them. I can understand the people on that plane having the same irrational fear even if the croc was small enough to fit in a duffle bag. (in my opinion)
     

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