7 August Dubai, United Arab Emirates

An investigation into how a bear escaped from its crate in the cargo hold of an Iraqi aircraft as it was due to depart from Dubai airport was ordered by the Iraqi prime minister. Passengers became disgruntled over the delay. Iraqi Airways said in a statement that it was not to blame for the bear’s escape and that the aircraft’s crew had worked with authorities in the United Arab Emirates to remove the bear. The UAE had reportedly dispatched specialists to sedate the animal and remove it from the plane. A video made by the plane’s captain apologizes for the incident and delay because of the bear’s escape from its crate in the cargo hold.