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Thursday, October 28, 2010

20 die in air disaster after smuggled crocodile escapes on a plane

Much more tragic than humorous, but still …

 

Wildlife smugglers will do just about anything for a quick buck, including sneaking a live predator onto an airplane with no regard for the risk to the animal or fellow passengers. This illegal activity reached a devastating and absurdist extreme recently when a man reportedly smuggled a live crocodile onto a plane departing from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The crocodile got loose, the crew and passengers panicked, and the plane crashed, killing 20 people.

Oddly enough, the crocodile survived the crash, only to be hacked to death by machete-wielding locals on the ground.

 

 

http://www.scientificamerican.com/blog/post.cfm?id=20-die-in-air-disaster-after-smuggl-2010-10-25&sc=WR_20101027