CAYENNE, French Guiana (CBSDC) – Maybe the FAA should require airlines add “look for cats” to pre-flight checklists.
An amateur pilot in French Guiana left off that important step when he took a human friend into the skies in an ultra-lightweight plane.
That’s when a cat who had apparently been sleeping in part of a wing gets the ride of her nine lives.
A YouTube video featuring the feline stowaway has gone viral. In the video the pilot, identified as Romain Jantot, and his passenger take off from a flying club in Kourou, French Guiana.
They get a couple of hundred feet into the air when the cat can be seen creeping in on the right side of the frame on the aircraft’s left wing.
At first, neither pilot nor passenger notice the cat clinging to a support strut and digging her claws into the plastic material that makes up the wing.
The frightened animal’s yowls are drowned out by the wind, but it’s clear the cat is terrified.
Wisely, neither human in the aircraft tried to grab the cat. Jantot completed a smooth turnaround and landing within two minutes of noticing the stowaway.
Once on the ground, Jantot tries to rescue the cat, but she has a mind of her own and runs away.
“A standard flight until…I still don’t know if it got in after the pre-flight check or if I missed it,” Jantot told The Guardian. “The cat is doing well, she is still our mascot.”
The video was uploaded Sunday and has already reached more than 400,000 views.
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