Agitated Horses Delay Plane

Posted Jul 1st 2010 08:51 AMUpdated Jul 1st 2010 09:07 AM


Six agitated Arabian horses in a cargo hold delayed a flight bound for Saudi Arabia for more than an hour.

An Egyptian airport official told The Associated Press the horses, which are owned by a Saudi Arabian prince, caused an EgyptAir pilot to turn a plane around on the runaway because of the commotion in the hold.

The pilot deemed the horses a safety risk, the official said. There were 189 passengers on the flight.

The airport official spoke on condition of anonymity.

AP says the pilot then called for an airport veterinarian who tranquilized the horses. After an 80-minute delay, the plane took off for its destination city of Jiddah, with the horses fast asleep.

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