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Plane waits for alligator to cross runway at Orlando airport

Spirit Airlines flight had to wait about five minutes before it could taxi to the gate at Orlando airport, a paasenger said.

world Updated: Jun 12, 2018 09:38 IST
Associated Press
Associated Press
Associated Press, Orlando
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The reptile was lumbering across the tarmac toward a pond.(AFP File Photo)

Most times it’s bad weather or bird strikes that delay flights. This time it was an alligator.

Anthony Velardi says his plane had just landed at the Orlando International Airport on Monday when he spotted the large reptile casually lumbering across the tarmac toward a pond. He posted a 10-second video on Facebook.

Velardi says the Spirit Airlines flight had to wait about five minutes before it could taxi to the gate. He says an airport truck arrived at the pond to make sure the alligator didn’t return to the taxiway.

Airport spokeswoman Carolyn Fennell told The Associated Press that such sightings are infrequent, even though 280 acres (110 hectares) of the airport’s land are covered in water.

Fennell says the alligator’s presence didn’t impact any other airport operations.

First Published: Jun 12, 2018 08:41 IST