A key Hokkaido airport was briefly closed Tuesday afternoon after a Japan Airlines Co. passenger plane became stuck in snow, causing the cancellation of over 60 flights, the airport operator and airline companies said.
The Boeing 737 bound for Tokyo's Haneda airport from New Chitose Airport became stuck around 12:45 p.m. after being put on hold for takeoff for over one hour, according to the airport operator and the carrier.
Although JAL tried to return the plane to its parking apron, it could not move due to the snow, resulting in the closure of two runways for three and a half hours and 30 minutes, respectively.
The aircraft returned to the apron once the snow was cleared.
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