Why would anyone want to smuggle a crocodile on a plane?

by | Oct 24, 2010 | Strange Thoughts, Wasp likes these, Well I never.

Sometimes the news is just too bizarre :

A plane crash in Democratic Republic of Congo that killed 20 people on board was caused by a crocodile hidden in a bag on the flight, a media report said here Friday.

British co-pilot Chris Wilson was among 20 people who died in the crash when passengers ran into the cockpit to escape a crocodile, the Daily Mail reported.

Wilson died alongside Belgian pilot Danny Philemotte when the twin-engined plane crashed Aug 25 into a house a few hundred metres from its destination in the Democratic Republic of Congo, according to Sify.

A crocodile being stored in a duffel bag got loose on the flight, everyone panicked, and the plane went down. Now, a crocodile on a plane running wild is funny, but not when it results in 20 deaths.

According to the only survivor of the plane crash, when the reptile got loose, all hell broke loose. “The terrified air hostess hurried towards the cockpit, followed by the passengers,” said the report.

This caused the to become unstable as the weight shifted wildly, and the plane went down “despite the desperate efforts of the pilot,” Popular Fidelity reports.

Where to start?

What the fuck was someone doing with a crocodile in their bag? I suppose they could have been slightly confused as to exactly what a crocodile handbag actually was but seriously!

From the report, it sounds like the cockpit got a little too crowded with 20 people and crew joining the pilots to escape the croc; hardly surprising it crashed in those circumstances.