metro.co.uk, Dec. 13, 2006
Airline maintenance workers in Turkey celebrated a successful job by sacrificing a camel at Istanbul airport.
As a result of publicity over the sacrifice, the head of plane maintenance at Turkish Airlines has now been suspended, pending an investigation. Sacrificed, if you will.
The national flag-carrier admitted on Wednesday that the staff had slaughtered the dromedary after they had managed to beat their deadline for returning 100 aircraft to the supplier.
After the sacrifice took place, Turkey’s biggest-selling daily newspaper, Hurriyet, claimed that 700 kilos of camel meat were distributed among the workers.
‘They didn’t ask permission,’ a spokeswoman for Turkish Airlines told the BBC.
She added: ‘They went too far. We are really quite shocked.’