Air Canada A320 almost lands on San Francisco taxiway

12 July, 2017, 00:28 | Author: Ora Austin
  • Air Canada

An Air Canada pilot narrowly avoided a catastrophic accident, when he almost landed on the San Francisco International Airport taxiway instead of the runway. The Airbus A320 was cleared to land on runway 28R at SFO, but instead lined up with a taxiway that parallels the runway. Federal Aviation Administration is now investigating an incident where Air Canada flight 759 was diverted from landing on a taxiway - filled with four other planes fully loaded with passengers.

On the audio clip from, the Air Canada pilot can be heard asking the tower why there are aircraft lights on the runway, and he is told there are no aircraft on the runway.

The air traffic controller then apparently realises the danger of the Air Canada plane crashing into the four aircraft on the ground, and orders the pilot to pull up and make another approach. Another unidentified voice then chimes in to say he's lined up on the taxiway, and the controller tells him to go around. "He's on the taxiway", that pilot says.

The Air Canada flight from Toronto was supposed to land on Runway 28R but nearly landed on the adjacent taxiway.

An Air Canada spokesman told Fox News that the flight landed without incident a little later and that the airline is investigating the incident.

"Yeah I saw that guys", the control tower responds.

The near-miss, which took place at San Francisco International Airport on Friday, was captured in astonishing air traffic control audio posted online.

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One of the air traffic controllers replies that there are no other planes there.

Aimer added that the incident had become the talk of pilots everywhere.

"This is pretty huge".

'They're a sitting duck on the taxiway. Many instances could go unreported, and many times they involve smaller planes at smaller airports, he said.

San Fracisco Airport has been contacted for comment.

The FAA and Air Canada are investigating what happened.

Airport authorities and the airlines involved are conducting an investigation. The Air Canada plane was capable of holding as many as 220 passengers, plus crew.



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