A Singapore Airlines flight with a cargo of 2,186 sheep did not find any trace of fire, heat, or smoke. It was found that the flatulence of the sheep and manure set the fire alarm off.
Flatulence is called a silent killer while it could also be a noisy one. While farts can cause jokes and giggles, it's not all fun and games all the time. Especially when it comes to animal farts. It has now been established that bovine flatulence has been a major contributor to global warming. Other animals have also been held equally responsible for their contribution to the greenhouse gasses in the grand scheme of things. While these are bigger pictures, the havoc farm animals can wreak with their farts was witnessed in a smaller microcosmic sense that led to an emergency landing of a plane.
A Singapore Airlines flight from Adelaide, Australia, was on its way to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia with four crew members and a cargo of 2,186 sheep. The crew members then happened to notice a smoke warning in the cargo bay. Worried that a fire could have broken out, the flight had to be diverted to make an emergency landing in Bali’s capital, Denpasar. The flight was landed safely at the airport 45 minutes after the smoke indication warning went off. But much to the surprise of the emergency services, who came in to check the cargo bay, they did not find any trace of fire, heat, or smoke, according to The Aviation Herald.
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It was then found that the smoke alarm went off because of the flatulence of the sheep on board, as well as the manure in the cargo. The flight stayed in Denpasar for two hours before setting back on course to Kuala Lumpur where the plane arrived two hours after schedule. An SIA spokesman was, however, was unable to clarify if the flatulence was indeed the reason for the smoke alarms to go off. According to the Daily Mail, the spokesperson stated about the matter, "It is not able to be confirmed. Inspections were carried out on the ground and the aircraft was certified serviceable."
The Merck Veterinary Manual explains that bloat and associated flatulence is a common problem with ruminants like cattle and sheep. This is caused due to stress. "Bloat-producing pastures are more rapidly digested and may release a greater amount of small chloroplast particles that trap gas bubbles and prevent their coalescence," the manual states. This could be a life-threatening situation for animals if gone untreated. But the sheep on the Singapore Airlines flight were deemed safe. However, their diet may need some tweaking by the farmers.
Another time Singapore Airlines was challenged by animals was after a flight colliding head-on with a flock of storks, reported Express UK. The flight had taken off from Istanbul Ataturk Airport when the birds rammed into the nose of the flight and ended up tearing a hole in the nose of the Boeing 777-200. The radome of the aircraft was damaged. A radome is a weatherproof protective shield for its radar antenna. An airport spokesman said in a statement, "In three-quarters of cases of bird strike inflicts no serious damage on the plane although it's always fatal for the bird. Obviously, a flock of storks which is much larger than the average bird is another matter." The flight held 255 passengers and 14 crew members and the collision could have turned fatal if not for the emergency landing.