Horse Loose On Plane Video
A cargo plane carrying a horse was forced to make a dramatic return to its origin at New York’s JFK Airport after the horse made an escape mid-flight. The occurrence, which unfolded on an Air Atlanta Icelandic flight bound for Liege, Belgium.
The incident occurred on November 9 when the Boeing 747 had reached an altitude of 31,000 feet over Boston. Suddenly, chaos ensued as a horse managed to break free from its container, prompting an unexpected turn of events for the flight crew and air traffic control.
The audio footage of the incident captured the pilot’s urgent communication with the control tower as they grappled with the unexpected situation. “We are a cargo plane with a live animal, a horse, on board,” the pilot urgently conveyed over the intercom. “The horse has broken out of its stall.”
In a race against time, the pilots made the decision to dump 20 tons of fuel, a necessary measure to ensure a safe return to JFK Airport. The equine passenger’s mid-air escapade forced the cargo plane to cut short its journey, returning to New York in under half an hour.
The pilots informed air traffic control that, while there was no immediate issue with flying, the primary concern was the inability to resecure the horse without professional assistance. “There’s no issue with flying, but we need to go back to New York as we can’t resecure the horse,” the pilot explained to Air Traffic Control.
Once back on the ground, the urgency continued as the pilots sought the expertise of a veterinarian to manage the unconventional situation. It remains unclear how the horse managed to break free and create chaos in the cargo hold.
The incident raises questions about the security measures in place for transporting live cargo and the need for additional precautions to prevent such extraordinary events in the future.
Published by HOLR Magazine.