Police and airport staff in Ecuador have taken an extra step to contain spread of coronavirus after they blocked a runway of a major airport to stop planes from landing.
The officers and staff parked their vehicles on Jose Joaquin de Olmedo International Airport to prevent Europe planes from landing over fear of the dreaded COVID-19.
In a report by the Daily Mail, the officers were ordered to take the action by Guayaquil city mayor Cynthia Viteri to block an Iberia Airbus A340 travelling from Madrid and a KLM Boeing 777 from Amsterdam.
Videos on social media shows a dozen of vehicles on the runway with police officers on high alert. The planes had only the crew members and that they had been sent to Ecuador to pick their citizens stuck there amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
They were later allowed to land in Quito, the capital city of Ecuador where up to 170 passengers reportedly boarded the KLM plane but it is unclear if the two flights returned to Europe.
Ecuador airport staff and police officers parked their vehicles on th eJose Joaquin de Olmedo International Airport runway to block planes from landing
Unapologetic, Mayor Viteri took responsibility for her actions and vowed she would do it again as long as she is protecting her citizens from the deadly virus. She said the crew members were scheduled to spend a night in the city before they would leave the following day.
The aviation authorities have launched investigations into the incident with other leaders questioning authority of the mayor to lock down an international airport.
Ecuador has suffered 168 confirmed cases of the virus and three deaths.
Author: Allan Bangirana
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