Aeromexico 737 almost lands on wrong San Francisco runway

  • Aeromexico 737 almost lands on wrong San Francisco runway

Aeromexico 737 almost lands on wrong San Francisco runway

An airplane almost landed on the wrong runway at San Francisco International Airport on Tuesday, the third incident since July.

The pilots of an Aeroméxico flight lined up for landing Tuesday on the wrong runway at San Francisco International Airport.

The pilot quickly acknowledges the request to abort the landing: "Aeromexico 668 going around".

A Virgin America A320 family aircraft was on Runway 28L awaiting takeoff at the time of the incident, the Federal Aviation Administration confirms.

Air traffic controllers instructed the Aeromexico flight's crew to go around again, Gregor said.

A similar incident occurred July 7, when Air Canada Flight AC759 from Toronto had been cleared to land on Runway 28R but lined up to land on Taxiway C, which had four other passenger aircraft waiting to take off. FAA officials are now investigating the incident, Gregor said.

Pilots and safety experts said air traffic controllers did a good job when they quickly redirected the Aeromexico jet at an airport that many pilots say is notoriously hard to land at.

The plane later safely landed, Gregor said.

"I would not say there's cause for alarm", said retired airline captain and aviation safety expert John Cox. Aeromexico says they are "investigating the events". Even though the crew repeated back the air tower's instructions, the plane lined up for a different landing path, Runway 28L, Gregor said.

Air traffic controllers received a warning about the potential conflict from an automated system and were able to redirect the Compass plane in time. The FAA wants to know how this keeps happening in San Francisco. Tuesday's incident follows a near mishap in July 2017 when an Air Canada flight from Toronto nearly landed on a taxiway at SFO that was crowded with planes.

He said officials have pushed for years to expand the airport, but there is significant community opposition.