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'Greatest aviation disaster in history' averted at last minute - RT America

'Greatest aviation disaster in history' averted at last minute - RT America

An Air Canada plane almost landed on a taxiway instead of the San Francisco International Airport runway on Friday as authorities investigate the incident.

The Air Canada Airbus A320 was cleared to land at a runway at San Francisco worldwide airport on Friday and the pilot began descending toward one of the taxiways, where four aircraft were waiting to take off. Federal Aviation Administration is now investigating an incident where Air Canada flight 759 was diverted from landing on a taxiway - filled with four other planes fully loaded with passengers.

'Tower control, I just want to confirm that - this is Air Canada 759, I can see some lights on the runway there, across the runway, can you confirm we're good to land?'

The plane circled around and landed successfully on its second attempt, according to the FAA.

The aviation agency said it is now investigating the distance between the Air Canada aircraft and the jets lined up on the taxiway.

John Cox, an air safety investigator told CBC News there are electronic devices to help pilots line up with the runways for landing.

"Confirmed. Cleared to land Runway 28R".

'Air Canada flew directly over us, ' another pilot says. There is no one on 28R but you.

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The near-miss, which took place at San Francisco International Airport on Friday, was captured in astonishing air traffic control audio posted online.

In an interview with the San Jose Mercury News, a former pilot said the plane avoided what could have been a "horrific" collision.

The incident, which ultimately ended with the plane correcting course and landing safely, has shocked the aviation world.

'This is pretty huge, ' he said.

San Fracisco Airport has been contacted for comment.

'They're a sitting duck on the taxiway. The FAA is now investigating the incident, according to Reuters.

Thirty-four people died in February 1991 when a USAir Boeing 737 landed on a taxiway at Los Angeles airport and collided with a commuter plane, causing a massive explosion.

Thankfully, after the go-around, the Air Canada flight was able to land where it was supposed to successfully, despite TRYING TO LAND ON THE TAXIWAY MOMENTS BEFORE.

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