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Kite disrupts landing at Dalian airport

(Xinhua)

13:05, May 05, 2012

DALIAN, May 4 (Xinhua) -- Twenty-three flights destined for northeast China's Dalian city on Friday had to be diverted to alternative airports or return to their departure points as a kite was noticed hovering at Dalian airport.

The kite was spotted at about 4:20 p.m. on the air route near Dalian Airport when the CZ3678 flight carried by China Southern Airlines was due to land at the airport, said a spokesman with the Dalian branch of the airline.

The plane, from Changchun, capital of Jilin province, circled above the airport for an hour and then diverted to Qingdao airport in Shandong province, said the spokesman.

Another 22 flights, including 10 from China Southern, were scheduled to land at Dalian but diverted or returned later.

Aircraft landing resumed at about 9:30 p.m. as the kite, with the string already cut off, flew out of the air route on the wind, said the spokesman.

Police failed to track the kite flyer.

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