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Jumbo jet forced to make emergency landing after 400 cows overheat cabin

By Mason White 11:42 AM April 8, 2014
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By: Aarav Sen
A Boeing 747 jumbo jet was forced to make an emergency after several hundred cows on board overheated the cabin triggering fire alarms.

The incident occurred as the jumbo jet was flying over the Irish Sea, where an alarm started ringing to warn the cockpit of a seemingly catastrophic heat in the cabin.

The cabin contained 390 cows. The pilot sent a distress signal and was allowed to land at Heathrow Airport, in London, England.

However, when the technicians inspected the plane they found no evidence of fire or even smoke. Cows emit large amounts of methane and maintain temperature slightly higher than the human body.

In January, a barn was badly damaged after cows farted too much, fire officials in Germany said. Hesse State Police said that the dairy cows blew the roof off their barn when the methane released by the animals caused an explosion.

According to the initial investigation, a static electric charge caused the blast and fire on Monday. The roof was damaged and one cow suffered minor burns. No people were injured.

90 cows were kept in the barn and it was unclear why the methane had accumulated. Belching and flatulence releases large amounts of gas.