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Returning to Washington DC after filming an appearnce in “The View”, the plane carrying the First Lady Michelle Obama was forced to abort its landing due to an error in plane distance by an Air Traffic Controller.
Her plane is reported to have been within 3 miles of a military cargo plane, instead of the required 5 miles. When the maneuvers that the First Lady’s plane was instructed to make did not resolve the problem, her plane was ordered to abort its landing approach, as the cargo plane would still be on the runway.
The FAA Air Traffic Controller had said the planes were farther apart than the 3 miles, but that was not the case. Given the several problems recently regarding air traffic controllers, the incident with Michelle Obama’s flight only serves to highlight concerns even further.
CNN) — The pilot of a small plane that slammed into a building Thursday morning in Austin, Texas, set his house on fire beforehand and then intentionally crashed the aircraft, a federal official told CNN.
Federal officials told CNN the plane was a Piper Cherokee PA-28 they believe belonged to Joseph Andrew Stack.
Two F-16 fighter jets were sent from Houston as a precaution, but federal authorities said preliminary information did not indicate any terrorist connection to the crash.
“We do not yet know the cause of the plane crash,” the Department of Homeland Security said in a release. “At this time, we have no reason to believe there is a nexus to terrorist activity. We continue to gather more information, and are aware there is additional information about the pilot’s history.
“At this time, we are referring further questions to local authorities and the FAA.”
Two people were transported to University Medical Center Brackenridge, said hospital spokeswoman Matilda Sanchez. She could not provide additional information.