By Tony Winterburn • 01 March 2021 • 10:39
FELINE HIJACKING: Plane Forced To Land After Aggressive Fear-Of-Flying CAT Attacks Pilot In Mid-Air! .image: FaceBook
Plane Forced To Land In Sudan After Aggressive CAT Attacks Pilot In Mid-Air And Hijacks The Cockpit!
A passenger plane was forced to return to an airport in the Sudanese capital of Khartoum after an angry and aggressive cat, which had somehow got into the cockpit, attacked the pilots shortly after takeoff.
Wednesday’s flight of the Sudanese Tarco airline bound for Qatar’s capital, Doha, was proceeding in a totally routine manner – that is, until a most unlikely and unwelcome passenger caused the mid-air emergency.
Having departed from Khartoum International Airport, the plane was in the air for roughly half-an-hour when an unregistered passenger was spotted inside the pilot’s cabin. The passenger in question was a ferocious cat, according to a report by local news media in Al-Sudani.
The feline clearly wasn’t a big fan of flying, as it acted aggressively and attacked the crew. Apparently, after all attempts to restrain the furry hijacker failed, the pilot made a decision to turn the plane around and return to the Sudanese capital.
Information revealed that the aircraft had spent a night stationed at a hangar at the Khartoum airport ahead of the flight. This suggested that the cat likely sneaked aboard during cleaning or an engineering review and hid inside the cabin and fell asleep.
As baffling as the incident may sound, this is not the first “hijacking” attempt of its kind. In 2004, a Belgian airliner with 62 people on board was forced to return to Brussels after one “well-travelled” feline called Gin went berserk in the cockpit following an unexplained escape from a travel bag. The stressed cat sneaked into the pilot cabin when a meal was being served to the crew and then became “very aggressive and scratched the co-pilot,” leading to the unexpected landing.
The very same year, a seemingly unrelated cat attack took place on board the national Bangladeshi air carrier. A pilot was reportedly offered first aid after being pounced on by a stray cat en route to Dhaka – but the crew decided to complete the flight regardless. The attacker then bizarrely managed to evade security and initially escaped, only to be caught in the airport hours later.
In 2013, a Saudi cargo flight from Riyadh to Hong Kong was cancelled at the last moment after the pilot scared a furry stowaway by starting the engine – and paid for it with a few scratch injuries- the cat was never found.
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