Plane nearly lands on occupied runway in San Francisco
In this Oct. 24, 2017, file photo, the air traffic control tower is in sight as a plane takes off from San Francisco International Airport in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)`
The Associated Press
Published Thursday, January 11, 2018 11:06AM EST
Last Updated Thursday, January 11, 2018 12:01PM EST
SAN FRANCISCO -- An Aeromexico passenger jet was ordered to abort a landing at San Francisco International Airport as it descended toward a runway occupied by another commercial jet, the third close call at the busy airport in six months.
Aeromexico Flight 668 from Mexico City had been cleared to land Tuesday and it was about a mile (1.6 kilometres) from the airport when controllers saw the aircraft was lined up for a runway occupied by a Virgin America Airbus A320 jet waiting to take off for Kona, Hawaii, the San Jose Mercury News reported Thursday.
The tower ordered the Aeromexico Boeing 737 jet to circle around.
"Aeromexico 668 go around!" an air traffic controller is heard saying on audio recordings, the newspaper reported.
The pilot quickly acknowledges the request to abort the landing: "Aeromexico 668 going around."
The plane later safely landed, said Ian Gregor, Federal Aviation Administration spokesman. He said the FAA has opened an investigation.
An Air Canada flight crew landed in October on one of the airport's runways despite repeated warnings to abort because a controller believed another airplane had not left the area yet.
In July, an Air Canada jet with 140 people on board nearly landed on one of the airport's taxiways where four planes were waiting to take off, prompting the FAA to issue new rules for nighttime landings and control tower staffing at the airport.