Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Zen and the art of airplane maintenance

This should offend all Masons, since, supposedly, we worship goats, or a goat-headed god, or something like that.

The state-run Nepal Airlines, which is the proud owner of two Boeing 757's in their fleet (or as their fleet, I'm not sure), has grounded one of the jumbo jets several times in the past few weeks for technical problems, according to Reuters.

Faith-based officials went straight to the heart of the matter: Akash Bhairab, the Hindu sky god, was unhappy.

To appease the sky god, two goats were slaughtered and sacrificed in front of the misbehaving jet, parked at the Kathmandu International Airport.

Sure enough, once Akash Bhairab was satisfied with the offering, the plane miraculously was cleared for takeoff.

"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.

Image: Kids playing on the sky god Akash Bhairab in Kathmandu

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  1. Question: When they run out of goats, due to maintenance malfunctions, then how will they travel in the air (pun intended) to become Master Masons? Seeing that there are no more goats available to ride?

    Question: When you do run out of goats. . . do you cancel flight operations?


  2. What a novel concept, animal sacrifice as a part of a basic maintenance schedule! That's one way to keep overhead costs down.

    It gives a whole new meaning to "wing and a prayer"!


  3. Are they at least making Cabrito out of it afterwards and serving on the flights?


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