Nepal's state-run airline has confirmed that it sacrificed two goats to appease a Hindu god, following technical problems with one of its aircraft.
Nepal Airlines said the animals were slaughtered in front of the plane - a Boeing 757 - at Kathmandu airport.
The offering was made to Akash Bhairab, the Hindu god of sky protection, whose symbol is seen on the company's planes.
The airline said that after Sunday's ceremony the plane successfully completed a flight to Hong Kong.
"The snag in the plane has now been fixed and the aircraft has resumed its flights," senior airline official Raju KC was quoted as saying by Reuters.
Nepal Airlines has two Boeing aircraft in its fleet.
The persistent faults with one of the planes had led to the postponement of a number of flights in recent weeks.
The company has not said what the problem was, but reports in local media have blamed an electrical fault.
I don't think I'm ever going to complain about any flight I take anymore after reading about this crap. I might have problems with Continental or Southwest or whoever, but at least I can be pretty sure they're not sacrificing goats in order to repair airplanes. I wonder how the passangers on board felt about the fact that goats were being toasted in the hopes their plane would actually get off the ground and not turn into a flaming ball of death.
Now, I'm not saying Mr Sky God wouldn't be helpful in a lot of different circumstances. He might excel at picking lucky numbers for the lottery, for instance, or making sure that your yak dosen't die of hoof and mouth. I'm just not sure that he's the guy I'd call in for an electrical problem. Still, considering how much an electrician charges nowadays, it might be a bargain at two goats.