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Turtle slows flights out of Narita…including a turtle-liveried jet

ANA has a sea turtle-themed Airbus A380 intended for use solely on trips to and from Hawaii, but the pandemic has meant regular flights on the route have been cancelled. 


That is until 24 September, when the craft was due to travel to Naha in Okinawa, as part of a special tour, The Mainichi reported. 



But the plane was delayed because of a turtle. And it had nothing to do with ANA. 


The turtle was spotted crossing the tarmac of Runway A at Narita Airport by a pilot.


The runway was closed for about 12 minutes and five flights, including the turtle-liveried jet, were delayed.


The turtle was rescued and was said to have wandered across from retention pond about 100 meters away.


"In Hawaii, sea turtles are seen as bringing good luck, and we hope this turtle that came to see the flight off signals a bright future," ANA said.

Image: All Nippon Airways
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Published: 29 September 2021

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