'Greatest aviation disaster in history' averted at last minute - RT America

  • 'Greatest aviation disaster in history' averted at last minute - RT America

'Greatest aviation disaster in history' averted at last minute - RT America

In what one aviation expert called a near-miss of what could have been the largest aviation disaster ever, an Air Canada pilot narrowly avoided a tragic mistake: landing on the San Francisco International Airport taxiway instead of the appropriate runway.

Air Canada flight AC759 from Toronto was cleared to land on runway 28R just before midnight, a statement from the Federal Aviation Administration said.

The confused Air Canada pilot asks if he's good to land on 28R because he can see airplane lights on the runway.

Another controller alerts the tower to the Air Canada aircraft's trajectory and the pilot was immediately instructed to pull up, circle around and approach the landing again.

Currently, the USA government is exploring ways to "modernize" air traffic control in airports around the country. The pilot corrected course and landed on the runway where he was supposed to. The ATC informed the pilot that the runway was clear and that he was clear to land.

A United Airlines pilot said, "United One, Air Canada flew directly over us".

SAN FRANCISCO | The flight 759 Air Canada has almost caused what would have been one of the worst disasters in the history of aviation shortly before midnight last Friday at the global airport in San Francisco, California. "Where's this guy going?".

The aviation agency says it is now investigating the distance between the Air Canada aircraft and the jets lined up on the taxiway. "There is no one on 28R but you", the controller responds.

Air Canada also said it was investigating the reports.

The FAA says four other aircraft were on the taxiway at the time of the incident, though it declines to specify how close the Air Canada A320 came to those aircraft.

The Ottawa International Airport's main runway is closed for the summer as part of two multimillion-dollar reconstruction projects on the tarmac.

'Yeah, I saw that guys, ' replies the tower.

The SFO spokesman referred inquiries to the FAA, saying the airport had no comment on the event.

"We are still investigating the circumstances and therefore have no additional information to offer", he said.