San Francisco: "Greatest aviation disaster in history" has been averted

Air Canada Plane Mistakenly Lines Up to Land on Taxiway at San Francisco International Airport: FAA

It was a close call for passengers and other planes when an Air Canada flight from Toronto nearly landed on a taxiway at a San Francisco airport on Friday.

The Air Canada flight A320 from Toronto was supposed to land on Runway 28R but ended up "inadvertently" on Taxiway C, which is parallel to the runway, the Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement.

On the audio clip from atclive.net, the Air Canada pilot can be heard asking the tower why there are aircraft lights on the runway, and he is told there are no aircraft on the runway.

Control tower: Air Canada 759 confirmed cleared to land on 28R.

A United pilot on the taxiway then messaged to air traffic control: "Air Canada flew directly over us".

A section of taxiway bravo, which connects the airport's main west-facing runway to the terminal, is undergoing a $6 million reconstruction. It's unclear why the pilot did what he did. Retired United Airlines Capt. Ross Aimer, who is the CEO of Aero Consulting Experts, tells the paper he's already gotten numerous calls and messages from pilot friends about it, saying "what happened probably came close to the greatest aviation disaster in history", given the fact that a crash was narrowly avoided that would have involved not just five planes full of people, but four planes full of fuel on that taxiway. This particular taxiway, Taxiway C, contained four other aircraft waiting to take off, each fully fueled and filled with passengers. A pilot on the ground has asked the air traffic controller where moving the device in volume It has then been redirected. Another speaker said "Where's this guy going?".

The dramatic moment wasn't just a near-miss for the passengers and crew on the planes, it was very almost a history-making catastrophe.

"We are aware of this incident and are in close contact with the FAA on this", San Francisco International Airport spokesman Doug Yakel said.

"Yeah, I saw that guys", responded the air controller. Gregor declined to comment further, citing an ongoing investigation. "We are still investigating the circumstances and therefore have no additional information to offer".

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