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4/25/2018 4:04:33 PM

Passenger smuggles crocodile in sportsbag, croc escapes, panic, plane crash, 20 dead, 1 survivor

A plane crash in the Democratic Republic of Congo in August that killed 20 people was the result of a loose crocodile and panicked passengers, a report has found.

A small Let L-410 Turbolet crashed into a house, killing everyone aboard except one person.

That lone survivor told officials a passenger had a crocodile hidden in his sports bag. When the plane began its descent to Bandundu, the croc escaped and crawled down the aisle.

"The terrified air hostess hurried towards the cockpit, followed by the passengers," reads a report about the crash obtained by various British newspapers.

The stampede threw the aircraft off balance, the report says, despite the best efforts of Dutch pilot Danny Philemotte, 62, and British co-pilot Chris Wilson, 39.

The plane crashed into an empty house 100 metres from its destination.

A crocodile like this one was sneaked on to the plane by a passenger in a large sports bag. It is believed to have escaped as the plane came into land

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Crash scene: All 19 passengers and the pilot were killed in the light aircraft when it came down in the Congo

Panic: The sole survivor told investigators that the crocodile had caused all the passengers to flee to the front of the aircraft, causing it to flip

Passenger smuggles crocodile in sportsbag, croc escapes, panic, plane crash, 20 dead, 1 survivorPassenger smuggles crocodile in sportsbag, croc escapes, panic, plane crash, 20 dead, 1 survivor

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