You could just try something simple like hiring competent mechanics.

Remind me to never fly on Nepal Airlines:

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Officials at Nepal’s state-run airline have sacrificed two goats to appease Akash Bhairab, the Hindu sky god, following technical problems with one of its Boeing 757 aircraft, the carrier said Tuesday.

Nepal Airlines, which has two Boeing aircraft, has had to suspend some services in recent weeks due the problem.

The goats were sacrificed in front of the troublesome aircraft Sunday at Nepal’s only international airport in Kathmandu in accordance with Hindu traditions, an official said.

“The snag in the plane has now been fixed and the aircraft has resumed its flights,” said Raju K.C., a senior airline official, without explaining what the problem had been.

Not that I’m likely to fly at all these days, but still…

3 thoughts on “You could just try something simple like hiring competent mechanics.

  1. Okay, when I read they sacrificed the goats I just laughed out load.  When I read the last part of your quote about how the flights have resumed I just got a chill!  Thank God I am just a lowly peon where I work and I don’t get sent to Nepal to do business.

  2. Heh, i read this earlier, and the srticle still doesn’t say whether they actually fixed something or if they just sacrificed the goats and hoped for the better

    i prefer the latter because it just reminds me of the first “Dirk Gently” book

  3. At least they had a strategy!

    I read a few years ago how all aircraft maintenance books were having to be reworded.

    English is the language of aircraft, from Air Traffic Control to maintenance manuals.  A few years ago a mechanic in Africa did exactly what his one said. “Remove bolt [x]. Examine.  If it is cracked, replace. “

    Bolt [x] was indeed cracked so he replaced it, carefully putting it back where it had come from.

    Of course if we are going to talk aircraft shaggy dog stories the classic comes from many years back (not sure when, but you will see it must be ‘70 at the latest once you start working out ages)(the plane name/runway may be inaccurate on the normal story)

    Frankfurt ATC- Speedbird 253 please taxi to runway Two Five.

    ATC Speedbird 253 why are you not taxing to two Five

    S253 (Clipped English tones) Sorry ATC, can’t seem to find two five.

    ATC (Exasperated) Speedbird 253, have you not flown to Frankfurt before?

    S253 Just the Once, in ‘44 at 18000 feet.  Didn’t stop.

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