Airport closed due to mystery kite
Updated: 2006-10-24 08:48
A kite forced the closure of Zhanjiang International Airport for half a day
after it was found flying near the runway in the Guangdong port city over the
The incident took place at about 6:15 pm on Saturday, when a 2-metre-long
kite was seen flying in the sky only 200 metres away from the runway.
After failing to locate the people who were flying the kite, the airport
authority had to close the airport down. Two departing flights and four arrivals
had to be cancelled or diverted to other airports, and 477 passengers were left
stranded in airport waiting rooms overnight.
The airport returned to normal operation 12 hours later on the early Sunday
morning when the kite fell into farmland nearby.