The agency that regulates aviation safety is investigating a plane that took off suddenly due to another flight on the runway at Logan International Airport on September 11.
The pilot of United Airlines Flight 2267 had to perform a “go-around,” a maneuver that involves a plane getting back into the air after its pilots decided it would not be safe to land. In an emailed statement from the Federal Aviation Administration, they said the go-around was a “safe, routine procedure.”
In this case, the FAA said an air traffic controller asked the pilot of the United flight to perform a go-around because the other plane was still on the runway.
The flight from Chicago was ready to land at Boston Airport around 10:45 p.m. before the pilots were ordered to avoid landing. According to FlightAware, a website that tracks flights, the United flight landed at 11:02 p.m. in Logan.
FlightAware also shows the plane’s circle around Boston after its initial arrival.
In a statement from the FAA, the agency acknowledged that this procedure could resemble an “emergency maneuver” for passengers. Boston 25 News spoke with a passenger, who said “people on the plane were panting from the rapid climb” of the plane and that the rapid rise through the air pushed them into their seats.
Boston.com has reached out to the FAA and United for more details on the investigation. A United spokesperson declined to comment, referring media to the FAA. The agency said it was still investigating the incident as of Wednesday afternoon.
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