A Czech-built Let 410 plane had reportedly crashed in the Congo because it ran out of fuel. The plane had been traveling between the Congo capital Kinasha to Bandudu. Somewhere between 19 and 20 people were killed in the incident when it crashed near Bandudu.
While reporters had most of the facts right, they got the reason for the crash wrong. The real story is a whole lot more interesting. The crash was in fact caused by a crocodile. A crocodile on the plane caused passengers to panic. The flight attendant ran towards the cockpit of the plane in fear, and was soon followed there by the rest of the passengers.
The quick change in the distribution of weight on the plane caused the plane to crash! Of course, it’s interesting to consider why the crocodile was on the plane in the first place. The easy answer is that it’s the Congo. The actual answer is truly not known, since everyone on the flight died.
Crocodiles crashing planes has happened before in the Congo, particularly in the past when people used to transport bound crocodiles in planes. Their tail meat was a delicacy, which was why people transported them.