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A loose dog terrorized air traffic at Lindbergh Field on Saturday, December 11th. Airport authorities alerted Air Traffic Control personnel that a stray canine was running amuck along the single runway around 5pm.

The dog seemed to have been spooked by the arrival of a FedEx DC-10 freighter loaded with cargo that rumbled down the runway.

An American Eagle regional carrier managed to land before Air Traffic Control advised Southwest Airlines #939 on approach from Baltimore, MD to abort its landing.

Just as the Southwest plane was about to touch down, air traffic controllers told the pilot to circle around again because the dog was

still in the immediate vicinity.

Airport security personnel scrambled to roundup the intruder, but the dog managed to evade their grasp. (A dog colliding with a landing aircraft may take out a plane's landing gear or the animal might get sucked up into the plane's engines.) Air traffic control was heard on the air traffic control channel offering a caution to all incoming and outgoing flights.

As the airport authorities continued their search, operations appeared to return to normal. At 8:00 PM, a pilot was heard asking an air traffic controller "what ever happened to the dog?

The reply: "We finally caught that sucker!"

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SurfPuppy619 Dec. 12, 2010 @ 9:50 p.m.

At 8:00 PM, a pilot was heard asking an air traffic controller "what ever happened to the dog?

The reply: "We finally caught that sucker!"

================ Glad the innocent pup was not hurt.

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Javajoe25 Dec. 12, 2010 @ 11:58 p.m.

Dog must have been an airedale. (Heh, heh)

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SurfPuppy619 Dec. 13, 2010 @ 12:55 p.m.

Dog must have been an airedale.

LOL!!!

John Wayne's dog as a kid was an Airedale. His name was "Big Duke". John Wayne's nick name became "Little Duke" because he never went anywhere without his Airedale "Big Duke".

When John Wayne grew up and became famous his nick name had evolved into The Duke.

True story.

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Evelyn Dec. 13, 2010 @ 8:11 a.m.

I keep seeing stray dogs everywhere as I drive. And when I stop to get the dog, it disappears.

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stupidflanders19 Dec. 13, 2010 @ 11:30 a.m.

"A loose dog terrorized air traffic at Lindbergh Field"

I imagine the air traffic also terrorized the dog...

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Javajoe25 Dec. 13, 2010 @ 8:15 p.m.

SurfPuppy, Nice piece of trivia. Always wondered how someone named "Marion" got the moniker of "Duke"?

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SurfPuppy619 Dec. 13, 2010 @ 9:48 p.m.

Now you know!

And yes, John Wayne's real name was Marion Morrison.

Cary Grant's real name is Archibald! Gregory Pecks real name is Gregory, but it is his middle name, his first name is Eldrid.

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Javajoe25 Dec. 13, 2010 @ 10:45 p.m.

Real names are interesting; but I think we personally, may have left that all behind when we entered this world we call the Net. Ya think?

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downtownphotoguy Feb. 25, 2011 @ 8:07 a.m.

This is why I stopped posting photographs in the Reader Photo-of-the-Week competition. They used it to rip off photographers by re-using pictures in stories like this. This is my photograph of Lindbergh field and I don't appreciate the way the Reader treats copyright. The spirit of having a local competition is not to dupe photographers out of their work. www.markholmesphoto.com

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