Here’s The Beef, So Be Careful Taxiing


An Air France A330 carrying 196 passengers ran into a herd of cattle at Nigeria’s Port Harcourt International Airport about 4 a.m. last Wednesday. None of those on board were hurt. Seven cows were killed. The A330 was checked and found to be undamaged. Local reports were not clear as to whether the cattle were on a runway or a taxiway, but they did say — and we quote — that security has been “beefed up” to prevent further incidents. Aviation Minister Isa Yuguda told that the presence of the cows was a “strange and unusual occurrence.” Any cows found on airport property now will be “shot on sight,” Yuguda added. Two cows already have been shot since the incident. Port Harcourt is at the center of Nigeria’s oil-producing region. The airport was closed for about eight hours during the cleanup.