Turtle brings Jetstar flight to halt

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A TROUBLESOME turtle brought a passenger plane to a grinding halt after it went for a wander on the runway at Gold Coast Airport.

The pilot of the Jetstar flight, bound for Adelaide, applied the brakes after the reptile got too close for comfort as the plane was taxiing ahead of take-off on Thursday night.

Fearing the turtle could be sucked into the plane’s right engine, the pilot radioed the control tower for help, only to be told it wasn’t the critter’s first offence.

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“They said he’d been up there earlier in the day as well. It was the second time they’d had to move him,” Jetstar spokesman James Fuller told the ABC.

Jetstar passenger Lachlan Burnet described what happened next.

“(They) brought the plane to a stop for a few minutes … to allow a gorgeous little turtle to cross the taxiway in front of the aircraft and make his way (yes, slowly – give him a break … it’s a turtle!) to the creek near the airport fence,” he posted.

“Made mine and the other passengers’ day to see that. Lovely stuff … well played.”

A safety car was later sent out to remove the turtle and pilots at the airport are on the alert in case it returns.