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The flight was forced to return to its initial airport due to a loose horse in the cargo area.
The event occurred soon after the flight departed from New York’s JFK airport, causing the Boeing 747 to return to Boston.
The aircraft, run by expert charter company Air Atlanta Icelandic, was originally headed for Liege, Belgium.
A video, posted on YouTube by a channel called ‘You can see ATC’, depicts the event – the accuracy of which cannot be confirmed – asserting that the incident occurred at approximately 4:06pm local time (9:06pm GMT) on November 9th, on flight CC4592.
The pilot reported that the horse got loose at approximately 31,000 feet and requested to return to New York because the crew couldn’t secure it.
The pilots returned to JFK airport after releasing 20 tons of fuel. They also sought assistance from a veterinarian for a distressed horse, although the cause of the animal’s distress was not specified.
The flight, as displayed on Flightradar24, departed once again at 6:35pm in the local time zone (11:35pm GMT) and arrived safely in Liege after approximately six hours at 6:49am in the local time zone (5:49am GMT) on the morning of November 10th.
The Independent has reached out to Air Atlanta Icelandic for a response.
While unscheduled landings are not uncommon, it is unusual for a flight to be diverted for this reason.
In July, a fight between passengers while in the air resulted in a flight having to make an unexpected landing 700 miles away from its original destination.
In October, a plane traveling to Tampa, Florida was diverted back to Panama because an adult diaper was mistaken for an explosive device. In a separate incident in November, an Air New Zealand flight had to return to its origin after four hours due to a technical problem.
The origin of this article is from the Independent, a news and media website.
This article comes from Independent, a website for news and media.