On-Board Croc Caused Panic, Led to Crash
October 28, 2010 — Did a smuggled crocodile get loose onboard an airplane, panic passengers, and ultimately cause a deadly crash into a house in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Africa? That seems to be a strong possibility, according to a report by investigators, based on a bizarre accounting of events from the crash’s sole survivor. The August 25 crash of a Czech-made Let L-410 Turbolet operated by FilAir took the lives of 20 souls onboard during the routine flight from Kinshasa to Bandundu, Kenya.
According to the Telegraph.co.uk website, the survivor claims that one of the passengers smuggled a crocodile in a large sports bag and the reptile got loose in the cabin as the plane began its descent into Bandundu. An investigative report quotes the survivor as saying, “The terrified air hostess hurried towards the cockpit, followed by the passengers,” causing a dramatic shift to the weight and balance of the airplane from which the pilot was unable to recover. The plane crashed into the empty house “despite desperate efforts of the pilot.”
The report went on to state that the crocodile survived the crash and was later killed.