Coyote delays jets at Atlanta airport

March 24th, 2011 - 12:15 am ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

Atlanta, Mar 23 (THAINDIAN NEWS) A coyote wandered onto the runway of Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport on Tuesday afternoon forcing several flights to be delayed. The ground crews had to chase the animal off the runway before the planes could take to the skies again. The animal managed to hold up the planes for some few minutes before the planes were allowed to fly again.

The airport is one of the busiest in the world and the hold-up no doubt inconvenienced several passengers. According to officials at the airport, the animal was spotted at the south side of the airport at about 3:30 pm.

A Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen who briefed reporters on the incident said that the animal was chased away from the runway with an airport vehicle. The animal escaped into a ravine shortly afterwards and flights resumed five minutes later.

Airports Council International has listed Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport as the busiest airport in the world. It serves several millions of passenger each day. At the outer side of the airport fence, there are some bushes and it is believed that the animal got on the runway from the bushes.

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