20 people (19 passengers and crew members and 1 British pilot) are dead after a crocodile escaped from a stowaway compartment on a small plane, causing the plane to crash.
The owner of the crocodile reportedly had plans to sell it and had
packed it in a sportsbag before boarding the plane.
The squirmy little croc freed itself from the bag (and the stowaway
compartment) and started running away rampantly causing complete chaos
on board. Eventually, the plane crashed due to an unbalanced load,
leaving only one survivor and 20 people dead.
The crocodile also managed to survive the wreck but did not make it
through the aftermath. The frantic animal was killed with a machete by
rescuers who were sifting through the debris from the wreckage.
Jeune Afrique recounted what he heard from the sole survivor and had
the following to say in a report about the unfortunate incident:
“One of the passengers had hidden the animal, which he planned to
sell, in a big sports bag, from which the reptile escaped as the plane
began its descent into Bandundu. The terrified air hostess hurried
towards the cockpit, followed by the passengers. The plane was then sent
off-balance despite the desperate efforts of the pilot. The crocodile
survived the crash before being cut up with a machete.”
We’re sure this will have many animal activists up in arm. After all,
it wasn’t the crocodile’s fault its owner was an idiot.