The Latest: Air Canada pilot aborted landing on taxiway

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on investigations into several incidents at San Francisco International Airport (all times local):

12:15 a.m.

An Air Canada pilot says he aborted a landing at San Francisco International Airport before hearing from the control tower because “things were not adding up” when the jet nearly landed on a taxiway occupied by four other planes last July.

In a National Transportation Safety Board report posted Wednesday, Capt. Dimitrios Kisses said the airport was dark and the runway “did not look good” when he opted to go around. It says both pilots reported being tired.

The agency said the A320 with 140 people aboard was headed for a taxiway because the pilots had mistaken it for a runway.

Air traffic controller Brian Delucchi said the flight path of the plane looked “extremely strange,” and he ordered the plane to go around.

Regulators found pilot error in three of the five close-calls involving aircraft reported in the past 16 months at the airport.


9:05 a.m.

Federal authorities have determined most of the close-calls reported since December 2016 at the busy San Francisco International Airport were caused by pilots.

The East Bay Times reports Wednesday the Federal Aviation Administration found that three instances planes lined up for wrong runways and taxiways due to pilot error.

A fourth plane was mistakenly cleared to land in the wrong runway by a tower controller.

The airport has been under more scrutiny since a July 8 incident involving an Air Canada plane that nearly landed on an SFO taxiway crowded with four fully loaded aircraft.

That investigation led by the National Transportation Safety Board is ongoing.

Since then, the airport has buttressed its ground radar system and shut down a confusing taxiway.

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