Aeromexico 737 almost lands on wrong San Francisco runway

Marco Green
January 13, 2018

In July 2017, Air Canada Flight AC759 was on track to land on a taxiway where four other planes were waiting to take off, rather than its cleared runway.

In the latest incident, an Aeromexico jet was prevented at the last minute from landing on the wrong runway.

A Virgin America A320 family aircraft was on Runway 28L awaiting takeoff at the time of the incident, the Federal Aviation Administration confirms.

On 7 July 2017, an Air Canada Airbus A320 operating a flight from Toronto almost landed on a taxiway at San Francisco.

Then on October 22, Air Canada Flight AC781 from Montreal landed despite attempts from air traffic controllers to get the pilot to circle around the airport due to uncertainty over whether the runway would be clear by the time they touched down.

- Flight controllers at SFO had to stop an incoming flight from landing on the wrong runway. The FAA said the Aeromexico pilots had been using their instrument landing system during the approach, which provides guidance to the pilots when landing in low visibility.

"Aeromexico is investigating the events occurred at the San Francisco International Airport and informs that the safety of our passengers and operations was not compromised at any time", the company told Business Insider in a statement.

The Federal Aviation Administration is looking into another close call at one of the nation's busiest airports.

In July, an Air Canada jet nearly landed on a taxiway occupied by four jets, and in October, another Air Canada jet landed after failing to respond to orders from air traffic control to abort the landing and remain in the air.

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