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In the beginning of July, we covered a story about an Air Canada flight that nearly landed on top of four other planes while they were lined up for takeoff. To summarize, the ATC was contacted by the Air Canada’s pilot right before the approach to make sure they’re on the right flight path. They were instructed that they were fine, but the pilot said he saw plane lights ahead of him (it happened at night.) Then, one of the other pilots on the ground was heard saying, “Where is this guy going? He’s on the taxiway,” right before the ATC made Air Canada abort the landing.
— CNN (@CNN) July 11, 2017
When we posted the original story that day, we read a bunch of comments from keyboard pilots that it wasn’t that close and events like that happen all the time. Well, as the ongoing FAA investigation collects evidence, one of the airport’s camera footages came out.
As you’ll see, the plane was lined up exactly with the four waiting planes and as the original report stated, it was less than 100 feet over them. That doesn’t happen all the time. That’s not safe and if the landing was aborted seconds later, could have lead to the biggest aviation incident on record.
See the footage for yourself. Does that look safe?