Air Canada flight came 100 feet from hitting planes at SFO

  • Air Canada flight came 100 feet from hitting planes at SFO

Air Canada flight came 100 feet from hitting planes at SFO

As we now learn via NBC Bay Area, Air Canada Flight 759 was dangerously close, as in just a few hundred feet, from landing on a taxiway that the pilot mistook for a runway, which would have ended with his plane colliding with four planes that were lined up for takeoff, all loaded with fuel and passengers.

Aviation expert Barry Schiff told the San Francisco Chronicle that a pilot attempting to land on a taxiway rather than a runway is rare because runway lights are always white, particularly clear at night, and are the same around the world.

America's Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the incident on Friday night.

The controller orders the Air Canada jet to "go around", and the pilot acknowledges the command.

There were four aircraft lined up on the taxiway waiting for departure when the incident occurred, the FAA said in a statement.

An incident in which an Air Canada plane nearly landed on a busy taxiway in San Francisco has been described as "very rare".

The Air Canada pilot told air traffic control he saw other lights on the runway before being told there are no other planes on 28R, according to audio recording between air traffic control and pilots available from Live ATC.

"One of the things that I know investigators will probably do is try to talk to air traffic controllers as well as the crew of the incident aircraft", Holloway said.

The Air Canada jet was instructed by an air traffic controller to reroute and conduct a "go-around" as it approached the runway just before midnight Friday, according to the FAA.

While John Cox, an airline safety consultant said: "What is so unusual about this one is the airplanes could see each other and they still got this close".

Fortunately, the aircraft was eventually able to land safely with no injuries reported among the 140 passengers and crew on board the Airbus A320. He said, "Tower, Air Canada 759".

"Air Canada 759 confirmed cleared to land runway 28 right", the control tower responded. The jet "flew directly over us", one United Airlines pilot parked on the tarmac said. Seconds later, another voice — apparently one of the pilots on the taxiway — interjects, "Where's this guy going?"