Define barely cleared please?
The usual missed approach pattern for SAN
is a left turn and a big counter-clockwise circle back to rejoin the landing pattern. In cases where there is no close inbound traffic, the tower will, at its discretion, allow the plane to make a right turn over Banker's Hill/Hillcrest/North Park in a 360 turn to lose altitude rather than use fuel on a missed approach.
What we heard on that particular Saturday morning was a Continental 757 flying EXTREMELY low over our neighborhood (music to my ears!!
) that was re-aligning itself for another approach to runway 27 without having to do the whole missed approach thing.
Perhaps someone from the OB
/Point Loma neighborhoods wouldn't think it was so low, but for our neighborhood of North Park, this was QUITE unusual. Not being the pilot, I couldn't tell you the altitude, but I do know it was low enough to be the talk of the neighborhood for the rest of the day!!
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