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Grounded ship suspends flights at Naha airport.

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Naha airport, Japan was closed for nearly nine hours on 28 September after a Taiwan-registered cargo ship ran aground on a reef near the airport.

The Uni Moral apparently hit a reef about 850-metres north of the end of the runway as it was preparing to leave Naha port for Osaka. The incident resulted in air traffic being halted from 0100 GMT to 0930 GMT, cancelling about 59 flights. Some ten flights were also diverted to the US Air Force`s Kadena Air Base on Okinawa, as well as to Kagoshima airport according to Kyodo News.

Air traffic was halted due to a Transport Ministry rule that prohibits aircraft from landing at an airport when there is an obstacle with a height of 15 metres or more beneath the runway approach.

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