An Air Canada flight attempted to land at San Francisco last month using the wrong runway, it has been reported.
The Airbus 320 was flying from Toronto to San Fransisco when an eye-watering near-miss occurred – and the conversation between air traffic control and the pilot was recorded.
According to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), the aircraft was permitted to land on runway 28R, but ended up being on 28L.
The latter runway was under construction and was out of use, and sported a large flashing ‘X’ signal above the runway signifying this to any aircraft.
The passenger flight attempted to land on the wrong runway, coming just 59 feet away from four other planes parked on the tarmac.
According to reports, one of the airlines on the tarmac even switched their lights on to make itself visible to the landing aircraft.
The plane dropped off the radar displays for 12 seconds before it approached the tarmac.
A radio call to air traffic control shows the close call that could have caused the disaster.
The pilot exclaimed: “Where’s this guy going? He’s on the taxiway!”
Another pilot then replied: “United 1. Air Canada flew directly over us.”
The incident is still being investigated.
However, the Air Canada captain plane was reported to have recorded more than 20,000 flight hours in his career, with the first officer recording 10,000 flight hours.
NTSB commented on their investigation: “Both pilots said, in post-incident interviews, they believed the lighted runway on their left was 28L and that they were lined up for 28R.
“They also stated that they did not recall seeing aircraft on taxiway C but that something did not look right to them.”
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