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FAA Investigating Near Miss Runway Incident At San Diego

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is investigating an incident at San Diego International Airport after an apparent near-miss between a good aircraft coming into land and one that was preparing to take off. The incident happened on Thursday night a little after 22: 30 when an inbound Skywest Alaska Airlines flight from Portland Airport terminal (PDX) was on final approach.

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San Diego is the busiest single-runway airport in the world. Photo: Johnnyw3 via Wikipedia

As the aircraft was upon final approach at a great altitude of 300 feet, air traffic control instructed the crew of flight AS 3446 to abort the landing on runway 27 and perform a go-around due to a departing aircraft being on the airport’s only runway. According to ABC News reporter Sam Sweeny, a Delta Air Lines Airbus A330-200 operating as flight number DL2249 was getting ready to take off for Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTR) when it was delayed due to mechanical issues.

The particular plane landed safely 12 minutes later

According to aviation tracking website RadarBox. com , typically the incoming Skywest Embraer ERJ-175 immediately pulled up plus climbed to 4, 800 feet as it passed over Pacific Beach before landing in San Diego 12 minutes later. When contacted regarding what could have been a major disaster by NBC 7 News , San Diego, SkyWest Airlines published a statement from which read:

“Alaska Airlines Flight 3446, traveling from Portland to San Diego, landed without incident at 10: 55 p. m. last night time. Air traffic control issued a ‘go-around’ to give further separation between aircraft. That’s a standard procedure. Our pilots are highly trained and skilled at responding to these types of situations. ”

A statement from the FAA who is investigating this incident read:

“Air traffic controllers at San Diego International Airport instructed the crew of SkyWest Flight 3446 to discontinue their approach to Runway 27 Thurs evening because another aircraft was on the catwalk preparing for departure, ” the FAA representative emailed NBC 7. “The other plane, Delta Air Lines Airline flight 2249, departed safely, in addition to the SkyWest aircraft landed later. The FAA is investigating. ”

About often the planes

While we do not know how many passengers and even crew were aboard each aircraft, we know that Skywest Airlines Brazilian-built Embraer ERJ-175 was a three-year-old airplane with the registration N193SY configured to carry 76 passengers. The Delta Air Lines Airbus A330-200 that was waiting on your runway is a 16-year-old aircraft with the registration N851NW. Delta Air Lines Airbus A330-200s are configured to carry 234 passengers in three classes of service.

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The aeroplanes was on final strategy after arriving from Portland. Image RadarBox. com

At the exact time of the near-miss , the weather was the little overcast but with perfect visibility for the incoming Skywest Embraer.

About North park Airport

San Diego International Airport terminal (SAN) was first called San Diego Municipal Airport – Lindbergh Field when it opened in 1928. Charles  Lindbergh flight-tested the Spirit of St. Louis at the very nearby Ryan Airlines factory where the plane was built.

Today SAN claims to be the busiest single-runway airport globally, along with almost 500 daily flights pre-COVID-19. In August 2019, Forbes Magazine called SAN the best airport within the United States due to the amenities on offer, minimal delays, and its closeness to downtown.

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Delta Air Lines Airbus A330-200s can carry 234 passengers. Photo: Kentaro Iemoto via Wikimedia

Being located three miles (4. 8 km) northwest associated with downtown does not come without having its drawbacks. The method into SAN is known for its proximity to skyscrapers and steep descent over Bankers Hill.

We do not yet know how near a miss was and will wait for the FAA report on the incident.

What do you think about the near-miss, and why did ATC wait for so long to tell AS3446 in order to go around? Please let us know your thoughts inside the comments.

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