SWA Flight Aborts Landing Because of Plane on Tarmac

A passenger on a Southwest flight reported a near-miss with another plane during landing Thursday at Tampa International Airport.

Mike Bosse, 50, said he was sitting in a window seat on Southwest Flight 256 from Baltimore on Thursday afternoon.

As the plane descended for landing, Bosse said, it took an abrupt jerk upward about 15 feet off the ground.

The plane then circled in the air before landing safely at 5:54 p.m.

Bosse, an advertising agency owner from Safety Harbor, said the pilot informed passengers over the loudspeaker that another plane was still on the runway when the Southwest flight was trying to land.

"There was a lot of panic on the plane," Bosse said.

"After hearing about that Kentucky incident, we were pretty nervous."

A Southwest spokeswoman confirmed that a Thursday flight from Baltimore to Tampa had to circle once in the air before landing but said she didn't have any more details.

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