Runway (Runaway?) Dog Diverts Yemeni Airplane

A small dog on an airport runway last month reportedly caused quite a problem for a Yemeni plane attempting to land at Ta'izz airport, near the Red Sea in the Yemeni Highlands.

While preparing to land, the Yemeni Airways pilot suddenly spotted the small dog walking along the runway. He immediately decided to divert the aircraft to the nearby southern port town of Aden, landing there instead.

All 130 passengers, however, refused to disembark at Aden and demanded the pilot return them to the Ta'izz Airport. He complied.

Arabic news sources noted that this was not the first time an animal had blocked a Yemeni runway. Two months ago, a herd of camels reportedly also prevented planes from landing.

Photo by Aero Icarus via Flickr

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