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Pinnacle Airlines flight scraps landing, conducts 'go around' after another plane blocks runway

A Delta flight operated by Pinnacle Airlines was set to land in Cincinnati on Saturday when it pulled up because of another plane that had not yet cleared the runway.

Delta Connection Flight 3972 from St. Louis had been cleared for landing Saturday evening at Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky International Airport, said Pinnacle Airlines spokesperson Joe Williams.

Air traffic control directed pilots of the CRJ-200 jet to "go around" and return for a landing, Williams said. The plane landed safety and without incident at 7:32 p.m. ET.

"It was a routine missed approach," said FAA spokesperson Kathleen Bergen. "It was not an incident. It was a safe, routine procedure."

Passenger Patrick Steitz, of Laurel, Md., was among the 49 passengers on board and told The Associated Press the pilot explained to them what happened over the loudspeaker. Passengers were relieved the plane didn't attempt to land, he said.