A Spirit Airlines flight heading to Orlando International Airport from Baltimore-Washington International Airport was halted after an alligator was spotted on the runway, WKMG reported.
Passenger Anthony Veraldi told WKMG the plane came to a stop after taxiing and the pilot told everyone about the incident. “Believe it or not, we have to wait for an alligator that’s in the middle of the runway,” the pilot said.
That’s so Florida! Pilots of a Spirit flight departing MCO today had to pause on the taxiway and give right of way to a local resident out for a morning stroll. Passengers caught a rare glimpse of an alligator trudging from one pond to the next. 🐊 pic.twitter.com/xK12ydomLX
— Orlando International Airport (@MCO) June 11, 2018
Velardi shared the video of the gator crossing the runway on his Facebook page.
Velardi says the Spirit Airlines flight had to wait about five minutes before it could taxi to the gate. He says an airport truck arrived at the pond to make sure the alligator didn’t return to the taxiway.
Airport spokeswoman Carolyn Fennell told The Associated Press that such sightings are infrequent, even though 280 acres of the airport’s land are covered in water.
Fennell says the alligator’s presence didn’t impact any other airport operations.
A truck was used to encourage the gator to enter a nearby pond, and the airplane proceeded to its gate, according to WKMG.