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This Exists: Escaped Crocodile On Airplane Kills 19 Passengers

This may be the strangest reason for a plane crash ever. News organization Jeune Afrique is reporting that an airplane crash in the Congo occurred because of “a panic sparked by the escape of a crocodile hidden in a sports bag.” The stampede of passengers caused the plane to lose balance and crash, killing 19 passengers and crew.

News.com.au reports:

A STOWAWAY crocodile on a flight escaped from its carrier bag and sparked an onboard stampede that caused the flight to crash, killing 19 passengers and crew.

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.

The unbalanced load caused the aircraft, on a routine flight from the capital, Kinshasa, to the regional airport at Bandundu, to go into a spin and crash into a house.

A lone survivor from the Let 410 plane told the astonishing tale to investigators.

Ironically the crocodile also survived the crash but was later killed with a machete by rescuers sifting through the wreckage.

Normally one might end a post reporting such an absurd story in a light-hearted or joking manner. But since 19 people died, it seems inappropriate. Read the entire account here.

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