Black tabby Nuuk that escaped from a private jet at Reykjavík Domestic Airport on Monday evening was found by its owner, Danish citizen Susanne Alsing, in the airport area at 8 pm last night.
“I’m extremely happy,” she declared to Fréttablaðið. “I was out looking for her when I noticed her some 300 meters from the airplane.”
The cat was believed to have left the airport area and search parties went looking for it in Öskjuhlíð by Perlan. Alsing had promised an ISK 100,000 (USD 826, EUR 612) reward.
“Nuuk was a little confused but she recovered in a few minutes,” Alsing responded when asked about the cat’s condition.
Employees of the Directorate of Customs met yesterday because of the incident. Work methods in cases when animals are kept onboard private jets will be reviewed.
“We obviously made a mistake which we regret and we will look into whether we can do better,” said senior customs officer Kári Gunnlaugsson.
Animals that haven’t been quarantined are not allowed to enter the country due to risk of infection.
“When customs officers noticed the animal they requested that it be kept in a closed cage so that neither it nor its feces would leave the aircraft. We weren’t aware that the animal was able to roam free on the aircraft,” Kári stated.
“This case is first and foremost based on the mistakes of the animal’s owner who considered it necessary to leave a crack on the airplane’s door so that the cat wouldn’t suffocate,” Kári concluded.