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San Francisco Botched Landings Under Investigation

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By    |   Tuesday, 21 November 2017 10:33 AM

San Francisco International Airport has seen two botched landings in the past year that are the subject of new investigations, according to information released by the National Transportation Safety Board.

In both incidents, preliminary reports for which were released Friday, the planes were not authorized to be on the runway while attempting to take off or land and caused flight disruptions, the San Francisco Chronicle's sister website, SFGate, reported.

The first incident involved a SkyWest airlines plane which crossed over a painted line that it should have stayed behind on the runway, SFGate noted. The incident took place on Dec. 14, 2016, and the plane intercepted another flight preparing for takeoff.

The second incident saw a Compass Airlines flight receive clearance to land on a runway where a Virgin America plan was preparing for takeoff. The second botched landing took place on Feb. 15, 2017, and collision was avoided when air traffic controllers realized the conflict and redirected the Compass flight.

News of these investigations emerged after an Air Canada pilot did not respond to instructions to abort a flight and steered the plane onto a taxiway crowded with planes in July, CNN noted.

According to the National Transportation Safety Board, the flight was "cleared to land on runway 28R at San Francisco International Airport, but the airplane lined up on parallel taxiway C, which had four airplanes on it awaiting take-off clearance."

The investigative report noted that the plane "descended below 100 feet above the ground and initiated a go-around after overflying the first airplane on taxiway C."

According to statistics released by The Federal Aviation Administration for the fiscal year that ended on Sept. 30, there have been 1,704 similar runway incursions nationwide, CBS San Francisco reported.

At least two-thirds of these reported incidents have been blamed on the pilots, with the rest being put down as errors made by air traffic controllers or runway interference caused by pedestrians or unauthorized vehicles.

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