Wednesday, 17 October, 2018

American officials investigating runway mix-up involving another Air Canada plane

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Orlando Vargas | 24 October, 2017, 20:38

USA officials are investigating after an Air Canada flight from Montreal landed at a San Francisco airport, despite being told to divert due to a potential close call.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor says Air Canada flight 781 was inbound to San Francisco International Airport on Sunday night and was initially cleared for landing.

Fearing another aircraft on the runway, air traffic repeatedly warned Air Canada Flight 781 to abort and "go around" but there was no response for some time.

After the crew failed to respond to the controller, the ATC used a red light gun in an attempt to alert the crew and get them to go around.

In the event, the previous jet had actually left the runway and the Air Canada flight was able to land safely without incident.

This weekend's incident comes not long after an Air Canada flight on the same runway came within 100 feet of smashing into two planes waiting to leave.

One of the planes queued up on the taxiway turned on its lights as the crew saw the Air Canada jet draw near.

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Air Canada crew claims the plane suffered a radio problem. Instead, the flight landed, as previously authorized, on runway 28R at 9:26 p.m. PDT (0626 GMT). The crew did not circle the airport - it simply landed on the original runway.

Shortly afterwards, the Air Canada crew was told six times in 36 seconds to abort the landing and "go-around" after concerns that another plane that had arrived just beforehand would still be on the runway. "Air Canada pilots are very well trained and I think they would have avoided any incident".

This is the second unsafe incident involving an Air Canada flight.

Air Canada said in a statement Tuesday the crew did not receive any of the dispatches from the tower controller and that the airline is "investigating the circumstances".

"Upon landing the crew was informed the tower had attempted unsuccessfully to contact the aircraft", Fitzpatrick said in an email to the Star. Federal transportation investigators have been reviewing a probable cause for why it occurred.

"If Air Canada didn't hear anything it wouldn't have been out of the normal", he said.

In that incident, radio transmissions from the tower recorded a voice saying, "Where is this guy going?"

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