June 12 Only in America

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Plane taxis to Orlando gate — after alligator crosses tarmac

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Most times it’s bad weather or bird strikes that delay airplane flights. This time it was an alligator. Anthony Velardi says his plane had just landed at the Orlando International Airport on Monday when he spotted the large reptile casually lumbering across the tarmac toward a pond. Velardi posted a 10-second video of the alligator on Facebook. Velardi says the Spirit Airlines flight had to wait about five minutes before it could taxi to the gate. He says an airport truck arrived at the pond to make sure the alligator didn’t return to the taxiway. Airport spokeswoman Carolyn Fennell told The Associated Press that such sightings are infrequent, even though 280 acres of the airport’s land are covered in water. Fennell says the alligator’s presence didn’t impact any other airport operations.

Residents try to break world record for largest paper plane

FITCHBURG, Mass. (AP) — Residents of a Massachusetts city are hoping to break the world record for largest paper airplane. The Revolving Museum of Fitchburg is revealing a nearly one-ton paper plane Tuesday at the Fitchburg Municipal Airport. Volunteers have spent more than three years planning and building the plane. Organizers say they don’t plan to fly the 64-foot long, 1,500-pound contraption. A construction crane will instead hold it aloft. An independent monitor also will be on hand to measure and document the plane on behalf of the Guinness World Record organization. The plane project is meant to spotlight Fitchburg’s history as a major paper producer. According to Guinness World Records, the largest paper aircraft was built by students and employees at the Braunschweig Institute of Technology in Braunschweig, Germany in 2013.