First it was monkeys and rabbits. Now a cow has forced flights to be diverted from Ahmedabad airport and Indian authorities said yesterday human negligence may have had a role.
The brave bovine crept past security at a cargo gate at the airport in India's Gujarat state to stray near the runway sparking a rodeo chase with guards.
A flight from Abu Dhabi and a cargo plane had to be diverted to Mumbai after one of the pilots spotted the beast. The arrival of five domestic flights and several departures were also delayed.
Aviation sources said airport security guards and fire officials struggled for more than 90 minutes to move the cow away from the runway.
"The cow had entered from near the cargo gate of the airport. The security personnel with sticks and air guns chased the animal away," one source said.
Sardar Vallabhbhai International Airport and other Indian airports have had previous troubles with disrespectful animals.
In February last year, an IndiGo flight at Ahmedabad was delayed on the takeoff strip because of rabbits on the runway.