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US Report reveals how close jet was to crashing at San Francisco airport

08:35  15 july  2017
08:35  15 july  2017 Source:   cbsnews.com

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The bottom image was taken from a San Francisco airport video. Photograph: AP. Newly released data and photos show how shockingly low an Air Canada jet was when it pulled up to avoid crashing into planes waiting on a San Francisco international airport taxiway last month.

Newly released data and photos show how shockingly low an Air Canada jet was when it pulled up to avoid crashing into planes waiting on a San Francisco International Airport taxiway last month.

WASHINGTON -- It could have been one of the worst aviation disasters in history.

Last Friday night , an Air Canada flight lined up to land on a taxiway in San Francisco where four other airliners were waiting to take off. It pulled up just in time.

On Friday, Canada's Transportation Safety Board said early indications are the flight came within just 29 feet of one plane and "overflew the first two aircraft by 100 feet."

FAA investigates close call at San Francisco airport

  FAA investigates close call at San Francisco airport It was just before midnight when other pilots sounded the alarm and possibly prevented a horrific accident .Air Canada flight 759, with 140 people on board, was coming in from Toronto. The airbus A-320 was cleared to land on runway 28R at San Francisco International, but instead lined up for the taxiway that parallels the runway.  There were four other airliners on that taxiway waiting to takeoff.Air traffic control audio captured what happened next."Tower Air Canada 759, I see lights on the runway there. Can you confirm we are clear to land?" the pilot asked."Air Canada 759 confirmed cleared to land 28R.

Newly released data and photos show how shockingly low an Air Canada jet was when it pulled up to avoid crashing into planes waiting on a San Francisco International Airport taxiway last month.

Newly released photos show just how close an Air Canada jet came to crashing into other planes as it tried to land in San Francisco last month. Air Canada Plane Was Dangerously Close to Another Jet at SF Airport .

"We're talking less than a second from a disaster," said Ross Aimer, a retired airline captain and CEO of Aero Consulting Experts.

"It is an easy thing to do for mistaking a taxiway with a runway, especially on a dark night," he said.

About a half-mile out, the Air Canada pilots seemed to realize something was wrong, but continued anyway.

"Air Canada 759 -- we see some lights on the runaway there, across the runway. Can you confirm we are clear to land?" the pilot said over the radio to air traffic control.

"Air Canada 759 confirmed to land 28 Right, there is no one on 28R but you," the tower responded.

The new CTSB report says "the controller was coordinating with another facility" as the Air Canada flight descended.

The tower then ordered the plane to "go around" at the last second.

There were 140 people on the Air Canada flight, and hundreds more on the planes on the ground.

The NTSB is leading the investigation and hopes to speak to that flight crew and the controller in the coming days.

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