NTSB: Near-miss at SFO closer than previously thought

Wednesday, August 02, 2017 05:53PM
The National Transportation Safety Board now says a near-miss at SFO last month involving an Air Canada jet that was coming in to land was even closer than previously thought.


SAN FRANCISCO - The National Transportation Safety Board has issued an update on the near-miss at San Francisco International Airport that involved an Air Canada jet that was coming in to land.

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The NTSB now says that at the jet's lowest point, it was just 59 feet off the ground. That's a little less than a 6-story building.

Previously, the NTSB believed the lowest point was below 100 feet. They did not yet know it was as low as 59 feet.

This image provided by the NTSB on Aug. 2, 2017 shows a near-miss at San Francisco International Airport involving an Air Canada flight.


The incident happened on Friday, July 7. The Air Canada flight was cleared to land, but it appears the pilot was confused and nearly landed on the taxiway instead of one of the two runways.

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A United Airlines Boeing 787 was 29 feet off to the side of the Air Canada flight during the near-miss. According to Boeing, the tip of the 787's tail can be as tall as 56 feet, which means the Air Canada jet could have been just three feet higher than the 787.

Click here for a look at the NTSB's full report.

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