5-speed listening (Turtle - Level 1)

Turtle's walk delays planes at Tokyo airport






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Sometimes the weather delays an airplane; other times it's a late passenger. An airport in Japan found a new reason for delays – a small turtle going for a walk. The turtle went for a walk on the runway. A pilot was waiting to take off when he saw the turtle. The airport closed the runway, and that delayed five flights. Airport staff found the turtle. They caught it with a net. The staff said it was safe and was not hurt.

The airport said the turtle lived in a nearby pond. It got under the airport fence and walked onto the runway. It might have decided to walk in the warm weather. After staff caught the turtle, an A380 airplane took off. The plane was from the Japanese airline ANA. Strangely, it was painted in a turtle design. The airline said: "Turtles are seen as bringing good luck. We hope this turtle, who came to see the flight off, signals a bright future."

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