A stowaway crocodile broke loose aboard a small airplane in the Democratic Republic of Congo causing passengers to panic and throw off the balance of the airplane leading to a crash that killed 19 people.

A single survivor told investigators that a crocodile broke out of a passengers sports duffle bag and created a rush of passenger and crew towards the front of the plane.

Despite the pilots best efforts, the plane crashed to the ground while on the descent towards Bandundu.

In addition to the human survivor, the crocodile also survived the crash but was quickly dispatched afterwards by a rescuer with a machete.

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