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So this was our approach (green line) in to ABQ today from DFW. Everything was going normal until all of a sudden we started to turn away from the airport, followed by 2 high bank turns. Since I had a window seat, I could see out my window and just below us I noticed a small aircraft of some sort (it was hard to tell when we started to enter the turns). The aircraft was below us by maybe 500 feet, moving in much the same direction we were trying to go. It was interesting to see how the pilot handled this, which I will say he did very well. I should say I never thought we were in any danger (for the most part). But I did try and keep that other aircraft in my view out my window as much as I could. I do wonder how many people on the flight actually knew what was going on vs just assumed it was part of landing.

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john1082
May. 25th, 2010 02:19 pm (UTC)
Can't get the image. A missed approach can be sporty. I've had them at SNA (first airplane ride), BWI (plane in front got LOST on the field after landing), ELP (wind change), and PVD (fog).
claystorm
May. 25th, 2010 03:48 pm (UTC)
Not really a missed approach, as avoiding traffic that was right below us. We basically made a huge ass dog leg around the traffic followed by some sharp ass turns (basically a big "S" turn) to get back in line for landing.
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