Previous Friday, Air Canada Flight 759 was compelled to abort a landing
endeavor at San Francisco Intercontinental soon after approximately touching down
on one particular of the airport’s taxiways.
At the time of the incident, four planes were sitting on
the taxiway waiting around to just take off.
Now we have an notion of just how close they came to
According to a preliminary report by the Transportation
Security Board of Canada, the Air Canada jet reportedly came within just
one hundred toes of altitude from a collision with the 1st two planes
and within just two hundred ft. and three hundred ft. of the third and fourth planes
In addition, the report stated that AC759 was just 29 ft.
to the aspect of the 1st airplane on the taxiway.
The US Federal Aviation Administration and the National
Transportation Security Board are investigating the
Flight 759, from Toronto to San Francisco, experienced been cleared to
land on Runway 28R. In its place, the pilots, on a visible technique,
inadvertently lined up for Taxiway C which runs parallel to the
The Air Canada jet was instructed to abort the landing only soon after
a pilot of one particular of the planes on the taxiway alerted air visitors
control, the preliminary report stated.
Experienced AC759 collided with the four jets, it would most possible have
been one particular of the worst disasters in the record of industrial
The good news is, the plane was at some point capable to land safely with
no accidents noted among the a hundred and forty travellers and crew on board
the Airbus A320.
In a assertion to Business Insider, Air Canada wrote:
“Air Canada flight AC759 from Toronto was planning to land at
San Francisco airport Friday night time when the plane initiated a
go-about. The plane landed generally without the need of incident. We are
however investigating the circumstances and for that reason have no
supplemental info to present. It was an A320 plane with one hundred thirty five
travellers and five crew.”
Runway collisions have transpired prior to and, in quite a few occasion with
disastrous repercussions. The most infamous illustration was the
1977 collision of two
Boeing 747 jumbo jets in Tenerife in the Canary Islands that
killed 583 individuals. In 1991, a US Air Boeing 737
landed on top rated of a SkyWest Airways regional airliner,
killing much more than 30 individuals.
Here’s the Transportation Security Board of Canada’s complete
“C-FKCK, an Airbus 320-two hundred plane operated by Air Canada,
was conducting flight ACA759 from Toronto/Lester B. Pearson Intl,
ON (CYYZ) to San Francisco Intl, CA (KSFO). As the plane was
on a visible technique to Runway 28R at KSFO, ATC cleared ACA759 to
land. Around .6 nautical mile from the runway
threshold, the flight crew requested ATC to validate the landing
clearance for Runway 28R since they were seeing lights. ATC
responded in the affirmative, and re-cleared ACA759 to land on
Runway 28R. The controller was coordinating with a further facility
when a flight crew member from a further airline taxiing on Taxiway
C queried ATC as to in which ACA759 was likely, then stated that
ACA759 appeared to be lined up with Taxiway C which parallels
Runway 28R. ACA759 experienced overflown Taxiway C for around .twenty five
miles when ATC instructed the plane to go about. Four
plane were positioned on Taxiway C at the time of the occasion.
It is believed that ACA759 overflew the 1st two plane by
one hundred toes, the third one particular by two hundred toes and the previous one particular by three hundred toes.
The closest lateral proximity between ACA759 and one particular of the four
plane on Taxiway C was 29 toes. The NTSB is