Special guest: cat stowaway in Boeing 737 cockpit
Tel Aviv Ben Gurion Airport (TLV) aviation photographer spotted a cat in the cockpit of a parked Israel’s El Al Boeing 737-900 aircraft.
Israel’s El Al Boeing 737-900, registered as 4X-EHB, has last operated a flight LY978 from Dubai International Airport (DXB) to Tel Aviv Ben Gurion Airport (TLV) on January 24, 2021. Since then, Boeing 737-900 has been parked at TLV airport.
On February 7, 2021, an aviation photographer Ido Wetchel spotted a cat lounging in the sun on a parked El Al Boeing 737-900 aircraft cockpit. The cat may have been trapped for about two weeks, if it has been on the plane since then.
אורח מיוחד בקוקפיט: חתול נחמד ודי חמוד זוהה הבוקר בתוך תא הטייסים במטוס 737 נעול של אל על בנתב"ג. כרגע פועלים לשחרורו. המטוס המריא בפעם האחרונה לדובאי ב- 24 בינואר ומאז נמצא על הקרקע. לפי הערכות החתול הסתנן למטוס באחד הטיפולים.— איתי בלומנטל Itay Blumental (@ItayBlumental) February 7, 2021
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The cat was released on the same day it was found. However, the Boeing 737-900 did not look the same, as the cat gnawed some parts off of the Boeing 737-900 cockpit.
It is not the first time Israel’s El Al encounters a cat presence in its aircraft, as its Boeing 787 Dreamliner got stuck in Hong Kong International Airport (HKG) after cat paw prints were found on the airplane’s cockpit prior to departure on November 10, 2020.
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