KATHMANDU 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 on 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 on Sunday at Nepal's only international airport in
Kathmandu in accordance with Hindu traditions, an official
"The snag in the plane has now been fixed and the aircraft
has resumed its flights," said Raju K.C. (Eds: name correct), a
senior airline official, without explaining what the problem
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.