Horse Gets Loose On Airplane, Forces It To Return To Airport

A Boeing 747-200 and a horse.
A Boeing 747-200 and a horse.

Yes, I know that is a 747-200 and not a 747-400. Please be nerds somewhere else

A flight from New York’s JFK airport to Belgium had to turn around after a horse got loose in the Boeing 747’s cargo hold shortly after takeoff. The incident was reconstructed on the aviation YouTube channel “You can see ATC,” and claims it happened shortly after 6 p.m. EST on November 9.

From the looks of the video, the pilot on Air Atlanta Icelandic flight 4592 reported that there was a loose horsey at about 31,000 feet, and requested that the 747-400 be allowed to return to New York since the crew couldn’t get the noble beast secured.


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“On the ramp, yes. We have a horse in problem — in difficulty,” the pilot said.

Eventually, the flight took off again and landed six hours later in Liege, Belgium without any other horse-related incidents.

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