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Escaped crocodile caused plane crash, killing 20 people

By T.K. Randall
August 27, 2022 · Comment icon 8 comments

Suffice to say, crocodile and airplanes don't mix. Image Credit: PD - Vassil
A fatal plane crash 12 years ago has since been blamed on a crocodile that got loose during a bungled smuggling attempt.
The disaster, which occurred on August 25th, 2010, saw the Filair Let L-410 flight come down shortly after taking off from the city of Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

The crash proved fatal - killing 18 passengers and 2 pilots.
At the time, an explanation for what had caused the disaster proved somewhat elusive, but now, investigations have revealed that the unlikely culprit was actually a crocodile that someone had smuggled onto the plane and that had escaped and run amok during the flight.

The enormous reptile had been kept hidden inside a duffel bug, but when it got loose it caused so much fear among the passengers that they all ended up fleeing to one side of the plane.

This sudden shift in weight, it is claimed, caused the plane's pilots to lose control.

In a final bizarre twist, the offending reptile actually managed to survive the crash only to be hacked to death with a machete shortly after being discovered inside the wreckage.

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Comment icon #1 Posted by joc 2 years ago
What’s the difference between an alligator and a crocodile?  Spoiler Alligators will see you later, crocodiles will see you after while.  
Comment icon #2 Posted by MGB 2 years ago
Might make a great movie. Samuel L Jackson could star.
Comment icon #3 Posted by DanL 2 years ago
I don't know about crocs but gators are not very aggressive at all. I've swam with them for most of my life and never had one mess with me. They were nearly hunted into existence before they became a protected species. Now they have rebounded and are plentiful but they are genetically predisposed to avoid people like the plague. Gators that were less shy and more aggressive ended up as hand bags and boots. They are showing up all over the place. At night they go walkabout and find new places. A friend has a ranch with a couple of small lakes. There is no river or creek anywhere close but gator... [More]
Comment icon #4 Posted by Cho Jinn 2 years ago
I hate it when that happens.
Comment icon #5 Posted by TashaMarie 2 years ago
It took 12 years to ask the survivor, "So, what happened?" My main question is, was the survivor a croc smuggler?
Comment icon #6 Posted by dragon1440 2 years ago
DanL, that is exactly what that guy in Florida said multiple times over the years when he was gathering golf balls for years out of Florida golf course ponds. He was attacked and killed this year. Gators are not afraid of people at all. I was born and raised in Florida, gators are super dangerous and attack humans all the time. In fact in mating season I would say gators are even more dangerous then Crocs as gators are very very protective of eggs and nests.
Comment icon #7 Posted by DanL 2 years ago
There is a distinct possibility that where I was raised had an effect on the gators behavior. My bet is if people in Florida started EATING the gators they would become a lot less likely to mess with people. I was raised just inside of East Texas and we had lots of Cajuns. They look at gators sort of like swamp chickens and are really great eating. Any gator that acted aggressive would end up dead and probably on someones dinner table.  Gator tail is GOOD! When an animal moves over from predator to prey there is soon to be a change in their general nature. LOL, I have seen gators in swimming ... [More]
Comment icon #8 Posted by dragon1440 2 years ago
OK, when a gator eats you dont say I didnt warn you. Gators that are not aggressive are actually more dangerous. Because if they are not aggressive that means they are used to humans presence, which is not good. 1- False sense of security for the human, as you show. 2-A wild animal is a wild animal no matter what and a wild animal that is used to humans is more likely to attack a human before a wild animal that is encounter a human for first time. Most animals that have not had human contact are usually weary of humans. 

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