Wednesday January 19 9:49 PM ET
Jet Forced To Divert in New Zealand
AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) - A Boeing 767 carrying 218 passengers pulled up shortly before landing after a car was spotted traveling along the runway of New Zealand's largest airport, officials said Thursday.
The captain of the Qantas Airways flight aborted the landing 50 seconds before touching down Tuesday night when he saw the car's headlights.
The plane landed without incident at Auckland International Airport a few minutes later after the car had been cleared from the runway.
Police arrested Makoto Takahashi, a Japanese man living in Auckland, who said he drove onto the runway after becoming lost.
It was unclear how the car came to be on the runway. Airport corporate general manager Chris Curley said officials had investigated the incident, but refused to give details.