Plane Crash That Killed 20 Being Blamed on Escaped Crocodile

Posted Oct 21st 2010 03:14 PMUpdated Oct 22nd 2010 09:19 PM


A plane crash that killed 20 in the Democratic Republic of Congo in August is being blamed on a crocodile onboard.

The lone survivor has told investigators a hidden crocodile escaped from a passenger's sports bag and caused a stampede in the cabin, throwing the small plane off balance, the Telegraph newspaper reports.

The bizarre story includes an account of how the crocodile lived through the crash, only to be killed by a blow from a machete.

The plane was on a routine flight from the capital, Kinshasa, to the regional airport in Bandundu, when the incident occurred on Aug. 25. There had been no apparent mechanical problems when the plane came down just short of its destination.

The survivor is quoted in an inquiry report, obtained by the newspaper, as saying the crocodile escaped as the plane began its descent. With the creature on the lose, panic ensued.

According to the report, "The terrified air hostess hurried towards the cockpit, followed by the passengers."

With the plane off-balance, the Belgian pilot and British First Officer struggled in vain to control the aircraft, a Czech-made Let L-410 Turbolet, the newspaper says.

The plane crashed into an unoccupied house a few hundred feet from the regional airport.

At the time of the crash, some media speculated the plane had run out of fuel.

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Wow a 15 foot gator loose on plane escapes from sports bag.sry for ppl killed but just think handbags and gator fries for all yum yum

December 28 2010 at 3:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

One question.....where is the black box? Black boxes are never problem to find.

December 24 2010 at 11:19 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

So, I just read about a man who got a loaded pistol onto a plane in Houston last year, which was in an EMPTY computer case. Now a crocodile?? Yet, they will break off the file from your nail clippers and break designer sun glasses in a purse...amazing!!

December 17 2010 at 2:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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December 09 2010 at 1:04 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Dave Henry

Tragic incident aboard that plane. Understandably, the people on the plane panicked when they realized a crocodile was on board. A very cruel twist of fate for those who perished in this bizarre accident. May God have mercy on their souls.

December 08 2010 at 5:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The LET-410 has a dismal safety record to begin with. This is very unfortunate, but I seriously doubt the alligator brought the plane down.

December 08 2010 at 12:44 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

AL. E Gator attorney law. Stop kidnapping my relatives...

November 13 2010 at 7:00 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
E. Gentry

10.22.2010 @ 11:17PM by Mary
Report abuseJust how did the crocodile get on the Plane ..In a sports bag ?? Where the Hell was security ?? PLz, give

Mary you ever been to Africa, especially one of the countries like the Congo? I was in Mali a few years back,security is a joke! On departure an officer of the Malian army stopped me and checked my passport, when he handed it back to me I tipped him like I did everyone there, about $5.00 best of my memory. His face lit up and he picked up my bag and carried it to the air plane headed to Paris, around the metal dector. Now places like Egypt, maybe South Africa and even Lybia MAY be different, but not the poorer of the countries.

November 03 2010 at 7:56 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

It doesn't really matter that is was a croc onboard. It could have been bees, wasps, or anything else that bites, sting or just plain scary... I would have probably have left my seat also. The blame belongs to idiot that brought it in the cabin and the security that allowed it.

October 28 2010 at 6:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

All of you who are arguing over English grammar, I hope you can someday set your sights a little higher than the mistakes of others. People DIED, here! All you can seriously talk about is how they spell? While you should practice what you preach and while you should try not to sound like you're texting your friends, this is a comments page, not church, and arguing will never get you anywhere in life.
Sorry to be a saint :)

October 23 2010 at 12:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply