Aircraft Fly Too Close To Each Other At National

12:15 PM, May 25, 2013   |    comments
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WASHINGTON (WUSA9)--The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating an incident that occurred about one mile south of Washington National Airport at 4 p.m., Friday, May 24, 2013.

FAA officials say that Republic Airlines 3281, an Embraer E170 aircraft, was descending to land on Runway 33 when a military UH-60 helicopter flying ahead of and below the E170, briefly climbed to the same altitude of 400 feet.

According to the FAA statement, air traffic control advised both pilots of the location of the other aircraft before the military helicopter climbed.

An FAA spokesperson says the E170 made a missed approach, circled around and landed safely a few minutes later.




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