Stunning video of Air Canada's close call at SFO

Stunning video of Air Canada's close call at SFO

Stunning video of Air Canada's close call at SFO

The National Transportation Safety Board on Wednesday released more than 500 pages of investigative reports, including a video recording of the July 7 event, but didn't conclude what caused the airliner to come within feet of a catastrophe.

Rep. Mark DeSaulnier, D-Calif., called the footage of the July 2017 incident, which threatened the lives of about 1,000 passengers, alarming. Moments later, an air site visitors controller advised him to tug up.

At the time, four planes had lined up along the taxiway and were awaiting clearance to take off when flight 759 approached.

The airplane got here inside 59 ft - concerning the top of a passenger airplane - earlier than it pulled as much as try one other touchdown.

"In some unspecified time in the future however couldn't recall when, the captain requested if he might verify the runway was clear, he seemed up and he anticipated to see the runway; nonetheless, when he seemed up he couldn't perceive what he was taking a look at", First Officer Matthew Dampier advised the NTSB. Runway 28L was closed at the time of the incident and its lights were off.

The 42-year-old first officer said they both began to feel exhausted with about an hour before arrival at SFO.

A passenger jet came within metres of disaster at San Francisco airport, USA air safety officials have confirmed.


"They thought they have been at 400 ft after they initiated the go round", the NTSB mentioned. "He was shocked at how low they have been".

The report also says co-pilot Matthew Dampier twice failed to earn a promotion to captain after getting unsatisfactory reviews during the process.

The Federal Aviation Administration opened investigations into four other unsafe incidents at the airport since late 2016, according to documentation provided by the agency.

A name by the Related Press looking for remark from The Air Canada Pilots Affiliation, the union that represents the airways' pilots, was not returned. Included in the report were details that the crew felt tired during the flight; that the first officer was twice rejected in his application for promotion; and that pilots of other aircraft landing at SFO that night complained about too-bright construction lights that made it hard to find the proper runway.

He was the only one working that night, and the agency later issued new rules requiring two controllers in the airport tower during busy late-night periods.

The near-miss incident was not reported to FAA or airport officials until two days later. Instead, they must use instrument landing systems or satellite-based systems to line up for the correct runway. The FAA determined the Air Canada pilots did not hear the tower instructions because the pilots inadvertently switched from the SFO tower frequency to the SFO ground frequency after receiving permission to land.

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