Coyote on runway spurs delays at Atlanta airport

FILE - In this May 16, 2008 file photo, a Delta 767 jet takes off from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Atlanta. A Delta 767 bound for Moscow safely returned to JFK airport in New York with no incident after an engine problem led to an emergency landing Sunday, Nov. 21, 2010. (AP Photo/John Amis, File)
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ATLANTA - Authorities say a coyote wandered onto a runway in Atlanta, delaying flights for a few minutes at the world's busiest airport until ground crews chased the animal away.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the flights were briefly delayed Tuesday afternoon at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.

Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen said the coyote was spotted on the south side of the airport around 3:30 p.m.

She said an airport vehicle chased the animal into a ravine, and flights resumed after about five minutes.

The airport is ranked the world's busiest by the industry group Airports Council International.