Pilot aborts takeoff in Fairbanks

Posted: Wednesday, September 30, 2009

FAIRBANKS - A plane was taking off from Fairbanks when the pilot slammed on the brakes and aborted the liftoff because of concern an incoming plane was too close.

Passengers were shaken but unhurt Sunday in the incident reviewed by the Federal Aviation Administration.

Spokesman Allen Kenitzer said the pilot on the ground was not comfortable, although the jets were about eight miles apart and safe.

Both were Alaska Airlines planes. Spokeswoman Bobbie Egan told The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner the aborted takeoff was a pilot's decision based on safety training.

The plane underwent a mechanical inspection and took off about an hour-and-a-half late.

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