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Crocodile Brought Down Plane, Killed 20

On August 25, 2010, a small plane flying from Kinshasa, the Democratic Republic of Congo, to a regional airport in Bandundu, crashed, killing 20 people on board and leaving only one survivor. Now, a few months later, the cause of the crash has been found: a crocodile.

According to what the investigators of the crash were able to gather from the unnamed survivor of the crash, at one point a crocodile made its big entrance into the passengers compartment, scaring one stewardess to death.

The woman, terrified, rushed to the front of the plane. By the time she got there, the other passengers became aware of the danger and followed her. The weight of the people moving all at once to the front of the plane caused the aircraft to lose its balance and, despite the best efforts of the flight crew, crash. It hit an empty house, only a few hundred meters from where it was supposed to land.

The amazing story reported by the survivor is somewhat corroborated with what the first responders were able to find at the scene. Apparently, the croc survived the crash, but was later killed by rescuers.

As for how the reptile managed to get on board, the survivor says that it came from the luggage compartment. According to news agency Jeune Afrique, the crocodile had been smuggled on board by one of the passengers in a large sports bag, from where it eventually managed to escape. Word is the passenger responsible planned to sell the reptile.
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About the author: Daniel Patrascu
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Daniel loves writing (or so he claims), and he uses this skill to offer readers a "behind the scenes" look at the automotive industry. He also enjoys talking about space exploration and robots, because in his view the only way forward for humanity is away from this planet, in metal bodies.
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