On Thursday, a horse escaped inside the cargo hold of a Boeing 747. The Air Atlanta Icelandic flight from New York JFK to Liage, Belgium declared an emergency while still in climb out as it reached 31,000 feet: “We are a cargo plane with a live animal, a horse, on board. The horse has broken out of its stall. There’s no issue with flying, but we need to go back to New York as we can’t resecure the horse.”
In order to make the return to New York, pilots had to dump 20 tons of fuel. Some emergencies require foaming a runway. Or a plane loses horsepower. This one required a veterinarian to be present on arrival.
It’s not clear how the horse managed to escape and roam around the cargo hold. It was not belted for landing.
What did the pilot say when he saw the horse in the cargo hold? “Looks like we have an unexpected ‘neigh’-bor on board!”
(HT: Paddle Your Own Kanoo)