By Keith Laing - 05/18/11 09:20 PM EDT
An airplane carrying Vice President Joe Biden nearly caused a collision this week between two other planes at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport, reports said Wednesday.
After Biden's plane landed Monday and officials scrambled to resume normal operations at the airport, a SkyWest Airlines Canadair plane was cleared to land as an ExpressJet Airlines Embraer ERJ-145 plane was given permission to take off. The planes came within 300 feet of each other before the SkyWest plane was order to abort its landing, the Washington Post reported.
“Oh, [expletive],” the paper quoted an air traffic controller at O'Hare as saying on a recording of the flight tower.
“What the [expletive] was that?” the ExpressJet pilot reportedly said when he saw the SkyWest plane. “What was that?”
Biden and his wife, Jill, were traveling to Chicago for the mayoral inauguration of former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel. Their plane was not involved in the incident.