Plane Carrying Michelle Obama in Close Call with Cargo Jet at Andrews Air Force Base
The arriving Boeing C-40 jet, a military variant of the Boeing 737, was carrying the First Lady from New York when it came unacceptably close a departing C-17 cargo jet which was still on the runway. After ordering a series of S-turns, it was determined the plane was still too close to the C-17 and it went around.
An FAA manager told the Washington Post that a Potomac TRACON controller showed “really bad controller technique” when he cleared the flight to approach Andrews given the separation involved.
The FAA was expected to release a statement Tuesday afternoon.