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    Airline sacrifices goats to appease sky god Tue Sep 4, 2007 KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Officials at Nepal s state-run airline have sacrificed two goats to appease
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      Airline sacrifices goats to appease sky god

      Tue Sep 4, 2007

      KATHMANDU (Reuters) - 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.

      Nepal Airlines, which has two Boeing aircraft, has had to suspend
      some services in recent weeks due the problem.

      The goats were sacrificed in front of the troublesome aircraft Sunday
      at Nepal's only international airport in Kathmandu in accordance with
      Hindu traditions, an official said.

      "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. The carrier runs international flights to five cities in Asia.

      It is common in Nepal to sacrifice animals like goats and buffaloes
      to appease different Hindu deities.

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