Surprising that it took this long, but as I tweeted last night I had my first-ever missed approach on arrival at Washington National airport, flying American AA1136 in from Miami the pilot pulled up just before landing.
Then he came on the PA and announced that air traffic control had cleared a takeoff too close to our arrival, that it hadn’t yet cleared the runway, so we’d have to go around.
Without access to air traffic control information myself I don’t know more details than that, it’s one of those times that I especially miss United’s “Channel 9” audio which allows you to listen to air traffic conversations (when the pilot is willing to turn it on).
But interesting that it happened at National, less than a couple of weeks after July 31’s near-miss of US Airways flights there and an air traffic controller falling asleep on the late night shift there last year.
We were coming in rather high anyway, it never seemed like there was any danger or that it was a close call, and looking around the cabin it didn’t appear that people were generally nervous when we pulled up. So pretty much a non-event. Except that for me it was a flying first