An SQ flight was travelling from ADL to
KUL when the pilots received an alert that the smoke alarms in the cargo hold
had been activated. The plane made an emergency landing in DPS, but when the
aircraft was inspected, no fire or smoke was discovered.
However, there were 2,186 goats travelling
on that flight…2,186 very flatulent goats.
According to Aviation Herald,
the gas produced by those aromatic farm animals was enough to trigger the smoke
alarms on the Boeing 747 freighter plane.
It may have been smelly, but it wasn’t
actually perceived as dangerous, so the flight was able to take off after
almost three hours on the ground, later landing in KL without any other
gas-or-goat related incident.
Although an SQ spokesperson confirmed
to TODAYOnline that
Flight 7108 was carrying a shipment of goats, it declined to validate the claim
that the goats' gaseous emissions caused the alert.
"That is an assumption being made
by media, which we are unable to confirm," the spokesperson said.
Goats, like cows, deer, giraffes and
sheep are in a class of mammals called ruminants. Most of them have four compartments
in their stomachs, and digesting food is a multi-step process that involves
regurgitating whatever they've eaten before swallowing it again.
Their stomachs can contain hundreds of
microbes that aid in the digestion process, but also produce methane gas. The
methane gas is then expelled, which can have a significant effect on the
According to The Telegraph,
ruminants are responsible for 2% of the methane produced in the United States,
25% of the methane produced in Great Britain and a jaw-dropping 90% of methane
emissions in New Zealand.