A cargo plane en route from the US to Belgium was made an emergency landing after a horse escaped from its cage on board.
This is reported by The Guardian and the BBC.
The incident happened 30 minutes after the plane took off, when it was at an altitude of more than 9,000 meters.
“We have a live animal… a horse… on board the plane.
We need to get back to New York. We can’t get the horse back safely.” – the pilot said in the audio recording of the dispatch service.
|An example of transporting horses by plane. Photo: casadaphoto/Depositphotos|
Due to the heavy weight of the plane, 20 tons of fuel had to be dumped into the Atlantic Ocean for landing.
How exactly the horse managed to get out of the cage is unknown. However, when the plane returned to the airport, the animal was “uncontrollable”. The pilot immediately requested veterinary care for her.
This is not the first such incident in recent times. In August, a bear broke free from its cage on an Iraqi airline flight from Dubai to Baghdad.
We will remind, in Kyiv, a forest deer was caught wandering the streets of the city.
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