Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Plane hits cow

Plane hits stray cow

LAGOS : An Air France jet ran into a stray cow as it landed among a herd roaming the airport in the southern Nigerian oil city of Port Harcourt on Wednesday, the firm said, adding that no one was hurt.

The Airbus A330 passenger liner was arriving overnight from Paris with 196 people on board when it drove into a group of cattle which had somehow strayed on to the tarmac, said Air France's spokeswoman in Nigeria, Moyo Areola.

"No passenger or crew was injured. The aircraft taxied safely to the gate on time at 04.34am local time (0334 GMT)," she said, in a statement.
Passengers at Lagos airport said their flights to Port Harcourt had been delayed by three hours and that a tannoy announcement had said that at least five cows were loose in the airport and were being chased by ground crew.

Port Harcourt is the main centre of Nigeria's multi-billion-dollar oil industry and several international and domestic carriers serve its small, single-runway airport.

The incident is only the latest in a series of freak accidents in Nigeria involving stray cows.

Last month police in Lagos arrested a cow after it attacked and killed a bus driver who had stopped to urinate by the side of the road.

And 25 people were killed in May when a truck carrying traders to market swerved to avoid a cow and ploughed into a crowded cross-country bus. - AFP/de

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