Monday 16 September 2019

Goats passing gas trigger smoke alarm and cause aeroplane to make emergency landing

Killorglin’s King Puck goat
Killorglin’s King Puck goat
An Anglo Nubian Goat

Sarah-Jane Murphy

It's no secret that aviation safety is the top priority for all airlines.

Planes are grounded for even the smallest technical reason and a pilot won't take any chances if there's a safety issue mid-flight, landing at the closest airport until the matter is resolved.

So when the pilots of a Singapore Airlines cargo plane detected smoke in the storage bay during a flight from Adelaide Kuala Lumpar they immediately descended and landed at Denpassar airport.

A thorough inspection of the Boeing 747 was carried out and no evidence of smoke or fire was found, Mashable reports.

The plane, carrying four crew members and 2,186 goats took off again and completed it's planned flight to to Kuala Lumpar.

Rumours soon began circulating on aviation forums online, claiming that the smoke alarm sounded due to the goats passing wind.

However, Singapore Airlines were not convinced and said "That is an assumption being made by media, which we are unable to confirm."

The possibility of animal emissions triggering a smoke detector device has long been the subject of debate within the farming community.

A goat is a ruminant meaning it has four stomachs, all of which produce strong-smelling waste gases.

The goats in question were on board the plane for five hours and as there were 2,186 of them, this equates to 8,744 stomachs.

A serious amount of waste gases could have been produced over such a long time.

Let's just hope the non-offenders were able to hold their breath.

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