Chief mechanic/deity

…just in case you’re thinking of flying to Nepal, I’d be a little cautious about using Royal Nepal Airlines.

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.

“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.

Local media last week blamed the company’s woes on an electrical fault.



  1. KVolk says:

    this will make for interesting help center calls when Dell brings these folks into their company.

  2. iGlobalWarmer says:

    #1 – I wouldn’t worry. They’ve got the Himalayas wired for the Internet:
    http://www.nepalwireless.net/photos.php

  3. jlm says:

    maybe if we start sacrificing CEOs to fix our airlines problems everything will work itself out….well at least there wouldnt be so much unnecessary overhead.

  4. bill says:

    The goats were eating the wiring.

  5. Misanthropic Scott says:

    So much for separation of church and state in Nepal. I hope they actually made some repairs as well as simply sacrificing two innocent goats for their problems. I also hope they didn’t waste the food. Perhaps they served the goats to the passengers …

  6. cheese says:

    Is this the correct sacrifice listed in the Electrical Code of Nepal?

    What do they sacrifice when Windows gives them the BSOD?

  7. wbskeet37 says:

    That’s what the Chicago Cubs have to do. Stop inviting the goat to Wrigley Field and start sacrificing them.

  8. jdm says:

    How did they sacrifice the goats? By feeding them to the passengers in coach? They should have sacrificed Smokehouse almonds instead.

    And Akash Bhairab is not the Hindu sky God; he’s the God of the “Loading and Unloading Zone Only.” His wife is the goddess of the White Courtesy Phone.

  9. Ben Waymark says:

    I am going to try that next my server goes down….. will probably work as well as anything!

  10. K B says:

    Post of the month !!

  11. OhForTheLoveOf says:

    You guys can joke all you want, but here at People For The Protection Of Goats, we take this very seriously. Plus, we have forged a synergistic relationship with a non-profit group called People For Planes That Don’t Crash, and we’ll be protesting in front of Nepal’s embassy this weekend.

  12. BubbaRay says:

    #11, OFTLO, I always sacrifice dinosaurs prior to the the preflight checklist, thanks to your PFPTDC…

  13. Misanthropic Scott says:

    #11 – OFTLO,

    Here at PETA, we intend to launch a counter protest to yours.

  14. OhForTheLoveOf says:

    #13 – So wait… You are IN FAVOR of goat sacrifices?

  15. Misanthropic Scott says:

    #15 – OFTLO,

    Yes, for my dinner. I’m not a vegetarian. If I were concerned about killing for my meals, I’d have to go whole hog, so to speak, and become a fruitarian (frugivore?). Only Fruit is a symbiotic relationship. All else is murder. However, even given fruits like tomatoes and cucumbers, I think I’d still find it way too difficult to get a balanced (not to mention tasty) diet.

  16. Milo says:

    President Bush applauded the sacrifice in a speech promoting faith based aircraft maintenance.

  17. Mr. Fusion says:

    #6, Cheese,

    Is this the correct sacrifice listed in the Electrical Code of Nepal?
    What do they sacrifice when Windows gives them the BSOD?

    For the BSOD I believe they sacrifice a yak. There aren’t many yaks left in Nepal. For Linux issues they sacrifice something like 36 virgins. Have you read the statistics on teen pregnancies in Nepal?


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