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A “near miss” between two planes at San Diego International Airport reportedly sparked an investigation by the Federal Aviation Administration this week.
SkyWest flight 3446 was approaching the airport on Thursday evening when air traffic controllers suddenly advised its crew to abort the landing to avoid another aircraft that was on the runway preparing for takeoff, San Diego-based KGTV-TV reported.
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The approaching jet had descended to about 200 feet above the ground before suddenly climbing again, reaching about 2,100 feet as it circled over Pacific Beach before finally landing at the airport, the report said.
Flight tracking data on the airline’s website showed that the plane approaching San Diego was arriving from Portland, Oregon, according to the station.
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The departing aircraft was Delta Air Lines Flight 2249, the destination of which was not immediately clear. The crew of that aircraft asked to leave the runway to resolve a mechanical problem, but later left, the FAA said in a statement received by ABC News.
The SkyWest flight has been identified as an Embraer 175 aircraft with a passenger capacity of 76 passengers, while the Delta aircraft has been described as an Airbus A330-200 with a capacity of 234 passengers, KGTV reported.