The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has released preliminary findings on the July 7 near-miss incident at San Francisco Airport.
An Air Canada aircraft from Toronto was just metres from the ground when the pilot aborted the landing, federal investigators said. The jet, which was lined up over a crowded taxiway in error rather than the runway, had already passed over one jet awaiting take off before carrying out a missed approach.
It was thought to be as low as 59 feet above ground before pulling up to attempt another landing. The captain had more than 20,000 hours of flying time, while the co-pilot had about 10,000 hours.
The pilots told NTSB investigators ‘they did not recall seeing aircraft but that something did not look right’.