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Pilot Discusses How Air Canada Jet Nearly Caused an Aviation Disaster

Pilot Discusses How Air Canada Jet Nearly Caused an Aviation Disaster

Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Photo Credit: Air Canada

On July 7, an Air Canada jet nearly landed on a busy taxiway at San Francisco International Airport, apparently mistaking the taxiway for runway 28R. Taxiway C, as it’s designated (“Charlie,” pilots would call it, using the phonetic alphabet), runs parallel to the runway on its north side.

At least four other planes were on the taxiway at the time. At the last minute, the pilots of flight AC759, an Airbus A320 with 140 people aboard, broke off the approach and climbed away.

This could easily have been disastrous — something akin to the USAir crash in Los Angeles in 1991. Luckily the Air Canada crew, aided in part by startled pilots on the taxiway, realized in time that they were lined up incorrectly.

 

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