Turtle invasion delays flights

01 July 2011 14:44

Flights were delayed after around 150 turtles invaded the runway of New York's Kennedy Airport

Flights were delayed after around 150 turtles invaded the runway of New York's Kennedy Airport

Flights were delayed for about 30 minutes at a US airport after 150 turtles crawled on to the tarmac.

The diamondback terrapins invaded the runway of New York's John F Kennedy International Airport apparently in search of a safe place to lay their eggs.

Dozens of flights were held up due to the incursion and further delays could have led to a barrage of travel insurance claims.

The invasion continued for quite some time as departing flights were diverted to other runways.

Even as the creatures crossed the runway to get on to the other side, workers swung into action and started removing them from across the airport space.

"We ceded to Mother Nature," said Ron Marsico, a spokesman for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which owns the airport.

Turtle invasion is an annual feature at the Kennedy Airport, which is located on the edge of Jamaica Bay and a federally protected park housing several animal species.

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