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Dog on a plane! Canine forces Yemen flight to divert

Canine prevented Flight 130, which was traveling from Saudi Arabia's Jeddah, from landing in Taez

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A Yemeni airplane had to change its flight path and land in Aden's International Airport on Sunday, after it was scheduled to land in Taez International Airport in central Yemen, due to a bizarre incident related to a dog.

The canine prevented Flight 130, which was traveling from Saudi Arabia's Jeddah, from landing in Taez. The pilot was forced to alter the flight path and land in Aden instead, sources told Sout al-Yemen newspaper.

The daily quoted sources as saying: "authorities (in Taez) airport could not deal with a small dog. The flight path was therefore changed," adding that 130 passengers were on board.

Sources added that "once the plane landed in Aden, passengers insisted they would not exit the plane, forcing the pilot to promise them to fly to Taez airport."

Two months ago, officials at the Hudaydah International Airport prevented passengers from boarding a Yemen Airways plane and delayed the flight, saying that a herd of camels had entered the airport's site and runway.