- aircraft were waiting to take off
- narrowly avoided colliding
An Air Canada plane with 140 people on board came close to landing in San Francisco taxiway where four other aircraft were waiting to take off. The passenger plane narrowly avoided colliding with jets on the ground. The pilot of the Airbus A320 lined up to land on Friday night on a taxiway that runs parallel to the runway.
- pull up and circle for another approach
An air traffic controller ordered the jet to pull up and circle for another approach, and it landed without further incident. According to an air traffic control, a pilot with United Airlines who was waiting on the taxiway said the plane “flew directly over us”.
- distinctive markings
Safety experts said it is rare for planes to land on a taxiway instead of a runway, and when it happens it usually involves small planes at smaller airports. Taxiways do not have the same distinctive markings that appear on runways.
- ongoing investigation
- landing on a taxiway could lead to a catastrophic accident
It wasn’t immediately clear how close the plane came to disaster, with FAA spokesman Ian Gregor only giving basic details, citing an ongoing investigation. It was a serious event since a landing on an active taxiway could lead to a catastrophic accident.
- 0:15′ confuse the taxiway with the runway
- 0:46′ await take-off clearance
- 1:10′ alert flight controllers
- 1:17′ last resort effort to avoid a devastating crash
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- 1:52′ determine the probable cause for …
- 1:58 inexperienced
Inspired by: ‘Air Canada Narrowly Avoids Crashing Into Four Jets During Landing’ independent.co.uk