Close call for Air Canada plane in San Francisco, authorities investigate
Howard Alexander - News Editor
FILE PHOTO - The tail of the newly revealed Air Canada Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft is seen at a hangar at the Toronto Pearson International Airport in Mississauga, Ont., Thursday, February 9, 2017.
Image Credit: THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mark Blinch
July 11, 2017 - 9:30 AM
SAN FRANCISCO - An apparent close call involving an Air Canada flight at San Francisco International Airport has sparked investigations from the airline and U.S. aviation authorities.
An Air Canada Airbus A320 from Toronto was cleared to land on one of the runways just before midnight on Friday when the pilot "inadvertently" lined up instead for a taxiway which runs parallel to the runway, the U.S. Federal Aviation Authority said.
There were four aircraft lined up on the taxiway waiting for departure when the incident occurred, the FAA says in a statement.
In an exchange recorded by the website LiveATC.net, the Air Canada pilot requests permission to land and is given the go-ahead from the control tower before another pilot issues a warning.
"Where is this guy going? He's on the taxi lane," the second pilot says in the recording.
The controller then tells the Air Canada pilot to pull up and go around.
The FAA said the plane made another approach and landed without incident.
The aviation agency said it is now investigating the distance between the Air Canada aircraft and the jets lined up on the taxiway.
Air Canada said 135 passengers and five crew members were aboard its plane, but gave little other information, citing its ongoing investigation.
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