FAA: Plane on runway forces Charleston-bound jet to circle airport

A Southwest Airlines jet was forced to circle around Charleston International Airport today because a plane on the ground was slow to clear the runway, the Federal Aviation Administration said.

The FAA said the “missed approach” was a “routine” safety procedure. It took place around 11:45 a.m. and involved Southwest flight 460 flying from Chicago’s Midway International Airport.

The plane landed safely after circling the airport. The number of passengers on board the Southwest 737 was not immediately available.

The aircraft on the ground was a private jet, the FAA said.

The Dallas-based airline did not immediately respond to an email and a phone message seeking comment.

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