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There are many reasons for [delay / delays] at airports. Sometimes it's bad weather, sometimes it's a technical problem, and [another / other] times it's a passenger who is late to the boarding [fence / gate] . Narita Airport in Tokyo, Japan has added a new [case / cause] of flight delays - a turtle going for a walk. The [runaway / runway] at Narita had to close for 12 minutes because a 2.1-kilogram turtle was [spotted / spotty] on the tarmac. The pilot of an airplane waiting to take [on / off] told air traffic controllers about the small reptile [on / at] around 11:35am. There was an [immediately / immediate] search for it. This caused the delay of five flights. Airport staff managed to locate the creature. They safely [removed / removal] it with a net. They reported that it was unharmed.

A Narita Airport spokesperson said she [belief / believed] the turtle lived in a nearby pond. It managed to get under a fence [alongside / side] the airport and crawl onto the runway. The turtle might have [decided / decision] to sunbathe because of the [warmth / warm] weather. It was a lot warmer than usual at the airport for the time of the year. [Shortly / Short] after the turtle was caught, an A380 airplane took off from the runway. By [confidence / coincidence] , the A380 was painted in a turtle [designer / design] . The plane was from the Japanese airline ANA. It was going to the island of Okinawa in the [south / southern] of Japan. An ANA spokesperson said: "Turtles are seen as bringing good [lucky / luck] . We hope this turtle, who came to see the flight off, signals a [blight / bright] future."

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