Plane with first lady came too close to cargo jet

(AP) - Federal aviation officials say a planecarrying first lady Michelle Obama aborted a landing Monday aftercoming too close to a military cargo jet.

The Federal Aviation Administration said a Boeing 737, one ofthe fleet of presidential passenger jets, came within three milesof a massive C-17 as the planes were approaching Andrews Air ForceBase in Maryland to land.

The FAA requires a minimum separation of five miles between theplanes to avoid dangerous wake turbulence.Andrews air traffic controllers ordered Mrs. Obama's plane toabort its landing and circle the airport to give the larger planetime to clear the runway.

The FAA is investigating the incident as a possible error bycontrollers at a regional radar facility in Warrenton, Va.

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