A Lion Air jet carrying 110 passengers and 7 crewmembers hit a cow on a Gorontalo, Indonesia airport landing strip and veered off course.
In many parts of the developing world, it's a common sight to see stray cows. While often harmless, sometimes they can pose a hazard.
A Lion Air jet carrying 110 passengers and 7 crew members hit a cow on a Gorontalo, Indonesia airport landing strip and veered off the runway.
The pilot said that when he was approaching the runway, he mistook the three bovines for dogs.
Luckily, the area near the strip was wet and muddy which helped the plane come to a full stop.
Several of the occupants didn’t wait for official word that it was safe to deplane, and instead opted to exit through emergency portals and windows. As a result two of them sustained sprains to their legs.
Other than that there reportedly no injuries or fatalities among the passengers, but the cow was crushed under the plane’s wheels.
According to the pilot, he smelled burning meat when it happened.
The fate of the other two cows is unknown.
The accident caused a temporary shutdown of the airport, leaving hundreds of individuals traveling for the Eid al-Fitr holiday stranded.