Wednesday, August 11, 2004

Kitty in the cockpit

Cat in cockpit leads to paws in flight

August 11, 2004

BRUSSELS, Belgium -- A Belgian airliner made an emergency landing after a cat got into the cockpit and attacked the co-pilot, the airline said Tuesday.

The SN Brussels flight from the Belgian capital to Vienna, Austria, had been in the air about 20 minutes Monday when ''it was noticed'' that a passenger's pet had escaped from its cage, ''although it is not yet clear how,'' according to an airline statement.

The pilot decided to return to Brussels as a precaution, and the 58 passengers departed once more two hours later on another flight.

The cat had been checked in Oslo, Norway, in an internationally approved ''flight transport bag,'' but the airline said it may end up changing its procedures for pets in the cabin once it concludes its investigation.

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