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British Airways jet makes emergency landing due to curry stink?

By Vinay Chand     Aug 12, 2008 in World
A British Airways jet flying from Belgrade to London had to make an emergency landing as a result of both aircraft crew and passengers mistaking curry smell for poisonous gas.
One of the weirdest incidents took place on a British Airways flight on its way from Belgrade to London when a smell escaped from a giant container of curry spices stored in the hold to the rest of the plane.
Passengers who mistook the curry stink for poisonous gas were frightened out of their wits, fearing it for another terrorist attack.
The crew members and aircraft staff alike had to make an emergency landing and help passengers off the plane wearing oxygen masks even before the source of the smell could be discovered.
Investigations led to the broken container for curry spices being stored in the hold.
"The smell spread from the package of an aromatic food spice," The Daily Telegraph quoted the Serbian Ministry for the Protection of Human Environment, as saying.
"The chemical that was found in the cargo hold of the airplane did not leak out. It was sodium-selenite. But the smell did not spread from there," the Ministry added.
Curry's the terrorist on this one!
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