One smashed armadillo shut down Orlando International Airport for an hour

There was only one working runway for about 20 minutes

click to enlarge One smashed armadillo shut down Orlando International Airport for an hour
Hundreds of travelers experienced delays at Orlando International Airport Wednesday morning when the remains of an armadillo were found on a runway.

According to an MCO spokesperson, at approximately 7 a.m., "a Southwest Airlines flight was arriving at Orlando International Airport (MCO) when the pilots discovered that an armadillo had been previously hit on the runway." Airport protocol demanded the runway be closed temporarily while the armadillo bits were removed.

Orlando International Airport Airfield Ops Wildlife Division (cool job alert!) showed up and removed the animal remains. Unfortunately, "routine maintenance and construction" was happening on two other runways at the same time, resulting in there being only one working runway for approximately 20 minutes.

As 7 a.m. is one of the busiest times at MCO, that had a cascading effect that caused delays on 43 flights that lasted between 30 and 60 minutes.

Contrary to some rumors flying around (heh), airport staff stresses that "there was NO bird strike at MCO."

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