A major air crash that would have involved 5 fully seated jets was narrowly averted this friday in San Fransisco. Here are the details.


from https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2017/07/11/air-canada-flight-nearly-lands-on-taxiway-at-san-francisco-airport.html

The U.S. Federal Aviation Authority says just before midnight on Friday, an Air Canada Airbus A320 was cleared to land, but the pilot “inadvertently” lined up instead for a taxiway where four fully-loaded airplanes full of passengers and gas were awaiting permission to take off.

n what one aviation expert called a near-miss of what could have been the largest aviation disaster ever, an Air Canada pilot on Friday narrowly avoided a tragic mistake: landing on the San Francisco International Airport taxiway instead of the appropriate runway.

Sitting on Taxiway C shortly before midnight were four fully-loaded airplanes full of passengers and gas awaiting permission to take off, according to the Federal Aviation Administration, which is investigating the “rare” incident. An air traffic controller sent the Air Canada Airbus 320 on a “go-around” — an unusual event where pilots must pull-up and circle around to try again — before landing safely, according to the federal agency.

FAA investigators are still trying to determine how close the Air Canada aircraft came to landing and potentially crashing into the four aircraft below, but the apparent pilot error already has the aviation industry buzzing.

“If it is true, what happened probably came close to the greatest aviation disaster in history,” said retired United Airlines Capt. Ross Aimer, CEO of Aero Consulting Experts. He said he’s been contacted by pilots from across the country about the incident.

“If you could imagine an Airbus colliding with four passenger aircraft wide bodies, full of fuel and passengers, then you can imagine how horrific this could have been,” he said.


‘Close to the greatest aviation disaster in history’: Air Canada flight nearly lands on crowded San Francisco taxiway | Toronto Star

The U.S. Federal Aviation Authority says just before midnight on Friday, an Air Canada Airbus A320 was cleared to land, but the pilot “inadvertently” lined up instead for a taxiway where four fully-loaded airplanes full of passengers and gas were awaiting permission to take off

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