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What are the possible reasons a plane would do this?

Almost immediately after take-off, the plane stops climbing at around 5,000ft and then circles a few times before continuing on with the journey? I'm referring to this in particular: https://www.flightradar24.com/data/aircraft/9v-smb/#ba4744d

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Departure controllers have blocks of airspace with altitude limits.

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Departure controllers have blocks of airspace with altitude limits. Chances are that there was other traffic that they needed to have out of the way so they held him at 5000 before clearing him to the next controller's airspace.

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