Wednesday, January 10, 2018

AeroMéxico 668, Boeing 737-800: Incident occurred January 09, 2018 at San Francisco International Airport (KSFO), California

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration is investigating why an Aeromexico flight from Mexico City nearly landed on the wrong runway at San Francisco International Airport Tuesday morning, ABC7 News has learned. 

Aeromexico Flight 668 was given clearance to land on Runway 28R at SFO Airport, but for unknown reasons, the pilots aligned the Boeing 737-800 with the runway next to it, 28L.

At the same time, a Virgin America Airbus A320 was stopped on Runway 28L awaiting take-off to Kona, Hawaii, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

When Air Traffic Controllers noticed the mistake, they ordered the Aeromexico flight to abort the landing one mile from the airport. The pilots complied with the order and landed safely after making a second approach to SFO.

The Virgin America flight departed without incident.

Air Traffic Control audio reviewed by ABC7 News indicated the pilots acknowledged the correct runway they were told to land on.

The Federal Aviation Administration said the Aeromexico pilots had been using their instrument landing system during the approach, which provides guidance to the pilots when landing in low visibility.

The Federal Aviation Administration plans to interview the pilots as part of their investigation.

Aeromexico has not yet commented on the incident.

Tuesday's incident follows a near mishap in July 2017 when an Air Canada flight from Toronto almost landed on a taxiway at SFO that was crowded with planes.

The FAA is investigating the Air Canada incident along with the National Transportation Safety Board.

Original article can be found here ➤

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

In your article on Aeromexico Flight that attempted to land on incorrect runway at SFO, it should be flight 668. 688 is between Mexico City and Chicago.
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