Runaway Dog Causes Airport Closure in Brazil

Posted Dec 13th 2010 12:15 PMUpdated Dec 13th 2010 12:29 PM

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One of Brazil's largest airports was shut down after a tiny dog escaped from her owner's arms and ran towards a runway.

Controllers at Congonhas airport in Sao Paulo say they stopped operations out of concern that the miniature pinscher would get sucked into a plane's engines or collide with an aircraft on the runway.

The 12-inch-tall dog arrived at the airport on a cargo flight and took off when her owner was trying to put her in a car.

A search was organized involving firefighters and other airport personnel.

Meanwhile, flights to and from the domestic airport were suspended for 24 minutes. The dog was not found.

Four flights experienced delays and one flight was diverted to an airport in Viracopos, about 60 miles away.