Captain Nigel Rosser explained there was another plane on the runway “that was a little bit slow to roll,” and the Qantas charter flight pulled up, in what he called a “missed approach.”
The aircraft landed safely after circling the city for a second time.
Prince Harry and Meghan have returned to Sydney, after spending four days between the Pacific islands of Fiji and Tonga.
Rosser said: “There was an aircraft on the runway that was a little bit slow to roll, unfortunately hadn’t cleared the runway.
“We were too close, so the decision was made to abort the landing. It was what we call a missed approach.”
The plane was also carrying Kensington Palace staff and members of the international media. Those on board praised quick-thinking Captain Nigel Rosser and co-pilot Ann Cole.
SHARE THIS STORY USING ANY OF THE BUTTON BELOW ⬇ PLACE YOUR TEXT ADVERT BELOW ⬇⬇⬇The moment our quick-thinking @Qantas co-pilot Ann Cole (and Captain Nigel Rosser) aborted landing at @SydneyAirport due to an unexpected plane on the runway. The Sussexes (and us!) were in great hands. Fantastic flying✈️ pic.twitter.com/cb8G6ja1L7— Omid Scobie (@scobie) October 26, 2018