Marco Andretti tweets about close call over Lehigh Valley International Airport caused by gusty winds
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Marco Andretti: "About as close as I have gotten to a plane crash" during landing Sunday in Allentown.
Marco Andretti had a safe, if unspectacular, drive in the Verizon IndyCar Series Phoenix Grand Prix on Saturday night, but his ride back to the Lehigh Valley was not as smooth.
The 29-year-old racer from Bushkill Township finished 13th in the race, completing all 250 laps while enduring down force of as much as five Gs on the Phoenix International Raceway oval and, he admitted afterward, "we didn't have what we needed."
But hours later, Andretti tweeted on social media site Twitter, about his flight home, "That's about as close as I have gotten to a plane crash on approach to Allentown. 50 mph crosswind. Bailed back to Indy 4 the night/morning."
Andretti was flying from Indianapolis to Lehigh Valley International Airport in the Gulfstream G100 private jet owned by Andretti Autosport Aviation and was scheduled to arrive at LVIA at 5:07 a.m., according to FlightAware.com, which uses Federal Aviation Administration data to track flights.
But minutes before that arrival time, the plane reversed its course without touching down and returned to Indianapolis Regional Airport, the website shows.
A National Weather Service report for Lehigh Valley International Airport at 4:51 a.m., the closest one to Andretti's scheduled arrival time, indicated winds from the northwest at 32 miles per hour, gusting to 48 mph.
Andretti landed safely at Lehigh Valley International Airport on a second try about 3 p.m. Sunday, according to FlightAware.com.
An attempt to reach Andretti has been unsuccessful.
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