Changes Made At SFO After Taxiway Incident

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The FAA has made operational changes at San Francisco International Airport in response to last month’s aborted landing by an Air Canada A320, the Bay Area News Group reported on Tuesday. The FAA no longer allows visual approaches for aircraft approaching SFO at night with an adjacent parallel runway closed, FAA spokesman Ian Gregor told the News Group. “When these conditions prevail, our controllers issue pilots Instrument Landing System approaches or satellite-based approaches, which help pilots line up for the correct runway,” Gregor said. Additionally, SFO is requiring two controllers to remain on position working traffic until the late-night arrival rush is over.

On the night of July 7, Air Canada Flight 759 flew as low as 59 feet off the ground above the taxiway, where four airliners were waiting to fly, before aborting the landing. Two controllers were working at the time, but only one was in the tower, and he was busy talking to another facility during Flight 759’s approach. “Following the event, SFO tower management adopted a policy requiring two controllers to be on position working traffic until the late-night arrival rush is over,” Gregor said. The Air Canada pilots were cleared to land on Runway 28 Right. A parallel runway, 28 Left, was closed and its lights were turned off, adding to the flight crew’s confusion. The ATC audio from the approach can be heard here.

Comments (4)

Observation: The immediate, perhaps interim, corrective actions taken after a harmful event, near miss, and/or precursor are insights into the causation, as indicated in the case of the Air Canada Flight 759 Near Miss Precursor Taxiway Mix-up .

Recognized and Generally Accepted Good Investigation Practice (RAGAGIP): Include the immediate and interim corrective and preventative actions for an event in the considerations for selecting lines of inquiry.

Posted by: Bill Corcoran | August 21, 2017 6:12 AM    Report this comment

Observation: The immediate, perhaps interim, corrective actions taken after a harmful event, near miss, and/or precursor are insights into the causation, as indicated in the case of the Air Canada Flight 759 Near Miss Precursor Taxiway Mix-up .

Recognized and Generally Accepted Good Investigation Practice (RAGAGIP): Include the immediate and interim corrective and preventative actions for an event in the considerations for selecting lines of inquiry.

Posted by: Bill Corcoran | August 21, 2017 6:14 AM    Report this comment

Recognized and Generally Accepted Good Investigation Practice (RAGAGIP): Determine the harmful conditions, behaviors, actions, and inactions that resulted in the post-event immediate and interim corrective actions not being implemented before the event and thus preventing the event or improving its outcomes.

Posted by: Bill Corcoran | August 21, 2017 7:01 AM    Report this comment

Bill, ....??????

Posted by: Mauro Hernandez | August 21, 2017 5:19 PM    Report this comment

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