Plane forced to turn round after horse gets loose on flight

15 November 2023, 16:00

File photo of a Boeing 747 in flight.
File photo of a Boeing 747 in flight. Picture: Alamy

By Kit Heren

A plane has been forced to make a dramatic turnaround after a horse got loose onboard.

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The cargo flight, from New York to Belgium, told air traffic control that the horse had got loose.

The recording of the air traffic control shows the pilot of the Boeing 747 saying: "Yes sir, we are a cargo plane".

He said: "We have a live animal, a horse, on board the aeroplane and the horse managed to escape its stall. We don't have a problem as of flying-wise, but we need to return to New York," according to the recording obtained by ATC.

"We cannot get the horse back secure," the pilot added.

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Boeing 747
Boeing 747. Picture: Alamy

The plane had climbed to 31,000 feet before turning round off the coast of Boston, according to FlightRadar.

The aircraft dumped 20 tonnes of fuel so that the plane was below the safe weight limit for landing.

The pilot then checked with the air traffic control that a vet was present at JFK airport in New York.

A ground worker asked the pilot if they needed help when the plane landed.

He replied: "On the ground, negative, on the ramp, yes."

"We have a horse in... difficulty."

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