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Mustered Musings

"The years teach much that the days never know." -- Emerson

Friday, July 08, 2005

Miraculous, strange indeed ...

While we are accustomed of seeing cattle moving around freely on Indian road sides, as far as I can remember, I could not recollect any incidence like this happening elsewhere in the world.

In fact, during past one month, I heard about many incidents involving stray cows resulting into death of few people but what happened yesterday at Port Harcourt International Airport is absolutely bizzare !

An Air France aircraft A-330 carrying 196 passengers collided with a herd of cattle on Port Harcourt International airport's runway. Miraculously, the only causaltities involved were of 7 cows. The plane overshot the runway by about 200 metres, but the pilot managed to taxi the plane safely, and on time.

Daily Sun learnt that while the airline’s management counted their losses, there was the "sunny side" of the incident as airport workers who were on duty, had more than enough free meat from the slain cows.

Said an official, "the fast ones made away with as much as one leg and a head each before some villagers joined in the rush for meat."
Incidentally, the airport was closed for maintenance in February 2005 to reconstruct the runway to conform to international safety standards !

Minister of Aviation has already visited the site and promised hell for culprits !

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