The pilot of a Jet2 aircraft arriving from Faro, Portugal, was about to land at Manchester Airport. The flight tower directed him to one of the free runways, and all the passengers waited to disembark in a few minutes. However, the pilot replied to the tower that he could not land because Peppa Pig is on the runway. The British The Sun informs about it. It appeared as an obstacle on the runway in the form of a balloon of the well-known cartoon character Peppa Pig. The balloon was less than a meter long, but it hovered dangerously on the runway. If the pilot decided to ignore the balloon and land, a major catastrophe could occur. One moment would be enough for the balloon to get through the intake turbines to the engine, and tragedy would be born. The airport emergency service managed to catch the balloon after 15 minutes. Civilians Glen Ramsey (49) and son Olly (13) also saw this dramatic moment with their own eyes as they watched the landing of planes from the airport’s observation deck. “We couldn’t believe it. The balloon had legs, so from a distance it looked like Peppa Pig was walking on the runway. At that moment, the plane wanted to land there, so the pilot had to react quickly and connect to the tower,” he said. A truck and a fire truck crashed into the track. The balloon was blown by the wind on the next orbit. According to Glen, it was ridiculous at first, but as the plane approached, he began to wonder whose police he should call. “Can you imagine how stupid you would feel during this conversation? When the pilot noticed the balloon, I was literally relieved. I noticed a group of schoolchildren at the airport. The balloon must have flown off a student,” he said. Airport response Manchester Airport confirmed the incident, stating that the collection and disposal of wind-blown waste is part of the airport’s standard day-to-day operations. In 2015, the flight from Manchester to Atlanta was delayed by one day after firefighters sprayed the plane with foam instead of water during the celebrations of its inaugural flight.
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