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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

2 Goats Killed for Broken Jet

KATMANDU, Nepal -- Nepal's state-run airline sacrificed two goats in hopes that it would please Akash Bhairab, the Hindu sky god, and resolve technical problems with a troubled jet, officials said Thursday.

One of Nepal Airlines' two Boeing 757 aircraft has been grounded for maintenance since last month. The other jet has suffered technical problems, which have forced the airline to cancel a number of flights, stranding passengers.

Hoping to end those problems, the airline sacrificed the goats earlier this week, said an airline official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to reporters.

"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 airline's woes on an electrical fault. The carrier runs international flights to five cities in Asia.

It is common in predominantly Hindu Nepal to sacrifice goats and buffaloes to receive good luck and blessings.

A photograph published in the Kantipur newspaper this week showed the two goats sacrificed in front of the troublesome plane on Sunday. The photographer was detained for several hours for taking photographs in a restricted area.

AP, Reuters