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Air Canada plane 'missed aircraft by 30m' at San Francisco airport

July 14, 2017 4:05 pm

An Air Canada flight with 140 people on board came within 30m (98ft) of other aircraft at San Francisco’s airport as it prepared to land, a report says.

Days after news that Flight AC759 from Toronto was involved in a near-miss it has emerged just how close it came to crashing into four planes on a taxiway.

The incident on 7 July occurred after the pilot “inadvertently” headed for the area where jets were due to depart.

He was ordered to pull up and the Airbus 320 circled and landed safely.

As the plane approached the taxiway, which runs parallel to the runway, it is estimated that it flew just 30m above two aircraft waiting to depart, a preliminary report by Canada’s Transportation Safety Board (TSB) said.

After receiving a warning, the pilot pulled up and the plane rose about 60m above a third jet and about 90m above a fourth, the TSB said.

Flight AC759 had already travelled almost 400m over the taxiway before aborting the landing, the board’s report added.

The pilot then made another successful approach. No injuries were reported.

The flight was scheduled to land at 23:23 local time (06:23 GMT) but touched down at 00:11.