Published on Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Tokyo flights dogged by escaped poodle

Tokyo's Haneda Airport was temporarily dogged by flight disruptions after a poodle made a dash for freedom causing multiple flight delays.

The canine was being loaded into the cargo hold of a JAL operated Naha, Okinawa bound flight when it made its escape.

It went walkabout toward the runways, causing 14 flight delays, the Japan transport ministry said.

The poodle was eventually captured 40 minutes later unharmed after its owner was called in to coax it back onto the aircraft.

The dog's playful antics shut down one runway for several minutes.

Japan Airlines said it is investigating how it happened and whether aircraft loaders followed all the correct procedures.


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