Flight Delay Caused by Escaped Crabs

US Airways had to round them up before taking off
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 4, 2014 7:36 AM CDT
A crew works on a parked US Airways jet at Dallas/Forth Worth International Airport   (AP Photo/LM Otero)

(Newser) – And the week's weirdest reason for a flight delay goes to US Airways, which had to catch loose crabs in a cargo hold before letting a plane fly from New York to Charlotte, NC. A spokeswoman says it's unclear how the small crustaceans escaped their container or what species they were. But she says there were "more than a few" of them. It's unknown who was shipping them. Workers swept the crabs out of the hold, and the flight went on its way after about a half-hour.

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