A pilot flying a Boeing 747 was forced to issue a “mayday” call and make an emergency landing after overheating cows were mistaken for a fire.

The jet was reportedly over the Irish Sea when an alarm started sounding to warn the cockpit of an apparently catastrophic fire in the hold, where almost 400 cows were being transported.

Pilots sent out a distress signal and received permission to come down at Heathrow Airport, London.

Reported by the Independent. You can read the full story here. 

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