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USAir Jet Aborts Landing Due To Plane On Runway

August 17, 1987

PITTSBURGH (AP) _ The pilot of a USAir jet aborted his landing on his final approach to Greater Pittsburgh International Airport because a Delta airliner had not cleared the runway about 6,000 feet ahead of him, authorities said.

Air traffic control supervisor Denny Huebner said the Delta DC-9 did not leave the runway as quickly as expected Sunday afternoon. The pilot of a USAir Boeing 737 was advised by the control tower to abort his landing and circle the airport, he said.

William Troy of nearby Carnegie, a passenger aboard USAir Flight 115, said the plane was 25 to 50 feet above the ground near the runway when the pilot veered back into the air.

About a minute later, the pilot announced over the intercom that he wasn’t able to land because a Delta plane was on the runway, Troy said.

Karen Bergen, a Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman in New York, said similar situations ″happen on a daily basis″ at larger airports and do not have to be reported to the FAA.

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