Tuesday 17 October 2017

Wild boar closes Madrid airport

A wild boar broke onto the runway at Madrid airport, delaying flights
A wild boar broke onto the runway at Madrid airport, delaying flights

A wild boar that broke through a perimeter fence at Madrid's international airport caused runways to be shut briefly and two landings to be delayed, Spain's airport authority has said.

The beast set off security alarms late on Friday and when cameras focused on the spot, operators saw a boar which ran in a circle and then fled back through the hole it had made.

The incident happened 330ft from the nearest stretch of runway and caused an incoming flight from London to be delayed for 20 minutes and a domestic flight from A Coruna was held in the air for 10 minutes.

Newspaper El Pais reported the captain aboard Iberia flight 3179 inbound from London told passengers an animal had "surprisingly" forced him to abort a landing approach.

The hole was repaired later.

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