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Air Canada A320 narrowly averts disaster at San Francisco

Discussion in 'Latest Airline Incidents' started by Orca17, Jul 13, 2017.

  1. Orca17

    Orca17 Hangar Bronze Member VI

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    An Air Canada A320 on final approach to San Francisco came within an estimated 11 seconds of plowing into a taxiway filled with loaded and fully-fueled airliners last Friday. The pilot inexplicably lined up with the taxiway rather than the runway that he was cleared to land on, and the aircraft was 175 feet above the ground when ATC gave him the go-around. There were approximately 1,000 passengers aboard Air Canada flight 759 and the four aircraft on the taxiway. In the attached audio file, one pilot on the taxiway is heard to say "Air Canada went right over us."

    ’11 seconds to impact’: Expert calculates how close SFO near-miss was to disaster
     
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    Lord Leighton Hangar Gold Member I

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    If the runway was closed with a big 'X' lit up at the landing end, Why did ATC clear the A/C A-320 to land on it? If A/C has in place a system to notify pilots of NOTAMS, why was this NOTAM not relayed and ATC questioned by the PIC? Seems to be a lot of blame to go around(no pun intended) here?
     
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    Rotorruss Hangar Bronze Member V

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    ...SMS and compliance philosophy will get to the bottom of this. 11 seconds is longer then they ride bulls. Warning letters and letters of correction all around!! We still have the safest NAS in the world!! Just ask the adminstator. As you can see, you don't need to be a pilot to run the agency!!

    PS: Sorry, my sarcasm button is stuck. Must be the meds.
     
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