A flight Aeromexico almost landed on an occupied runway at San Francisco International Airport, officials said.
A possible tragedy was averted at the San Francisco International Airport late Tuesday morning when an Aeromexico airplane avoided landing on the same runway where another plane was waiting to take off.
The plane was about a mile away from the airport when air traffic controllers noticed it was preparing to land on the wrong runway. But they were able to warn the pilot in time, the San Francisco Chronicle.
The pilot had been instructed to land on runway 28R, the paper reported, but instead the aircraft approached runway 28L — which was occupied by a Virgin America flight, Ian Gregor, a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration, told the newspaper.
The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the incident.
Although last year was considered safe for commercial aviation, a number of close calls occurred on the runways.
In December at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport, that a plane tried to land on the same runway where a plane is ready to leave. Fortunately, air traffic controllers were able to avert a disaster.
And, in the summer an Air Canada flight almost landed on the same runway where four other planes were waiting to take off at San Francisco International Airport.