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Dogs on runway delay Alaska Airlines jet landing

Associated Press Published: September 12, 2011

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Two dogs on an airport runway in Alaska's capital city delayed the landing of an Alaska Airlines flight.

The plane had to abort its initial attempt and circle around before it could land at Juneau International Airport.

Deputy Airport Manager Patty deLaBruere (deh'-lah-BREE'-air) tells KINY-AM ( ) that Flight 64 from Anchorage was arriving Sunday afternoon when two black Labrador retrievers were spotted on the runway.

Chava Lee of the Gastineau Humane Society says an animal control officer caught one of the dogs. Another dog matching the description was found in the area, but officials weren't sure if it was the right dog.

KINY reports the owner of the dog caught on the runway is out of town, and the animal was in someone else's care. Lee says the dog's owner will be cited.

It's unknown how the canines got to the runway.


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