“Possible pilot deviation, I have a number for you when you’re ready.” — Words you don’t want to hear from a controller.
Air Canada flight inbound to San Francisco International Airport (SFO) Sunday night lucked out and avoided a potential disaster, just months after another Air Canada flight mistakenly lined up to land on a taxiway instead of the active runway at the same airport.
The FAA confirmed the aircraft involved in Sunday's close call as Air Canada flight 781, an A320, the same type involved in the near miss earlier this year.
An After giving the landing clearance, an aircraft on the rollout ahead of the Air Canada flight was vacating the runway slower than expected. The controller sensing an issue stated for Air Canada 781 to "go around". Flight 781 was ordered multiple times to abort their landing.