Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Novel Uses for a Goat

Nepal Airlines, the state-owned flag carrier for the Himalayan kingdom, has been experiencing some tachnical problems with one of their Boeing 757 aircraft lately. Persistent faults have been dogging the aircraft for several weeks and have caused delays. In an effort to iron out the trouble, which to date had proved impossible for the maintenance and servicing crews to solve, the management decided to seek help from higher powers.

Two goats were sacrificed on Sunday in front of the plane as an offering to the Hindu gor of sky protection Akash Bhairab, an image of which diety also appears on the carrier's aircraft. After the ceremony a flight to Hong Kong was completed without incident.

Raju KC, a spokesperson for the airline, was quoted by Reuters as saying "The snag in the plane has now been fixed and the aircraft has resumed its flights." Local media reported the fault as being electrical, but Nepal Airlines did not elaborate on the nature of the problem.

Reports that BA are considering similar action to repair their dented image are purely speculation at this point.

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