The Latest: Pilots: Controllers effectively redirected jet

SAN FRANCISCO – The Latest on the investigation into a plane that almost landed on an occupied runway at San Francisco international airport (all times local):

12:30 pm

Pilots and safety experts say air traffic controllers did a good job if they fast forwarded a Aeromexico jet that was descending for a job where Virgin America plane ready to leave.

Officials say that an Aeromexico passenger plane in Mexico City was ordered to abort a landing Tuesday after the in a row on a runway occupied by a commercial jet.

Retired airline captain and aviation safety expert John Cox Wednesday that he saw no reason for alarm.


7:49 pm

An Aeromexico passenger plane was ordered to abort a landing at the San Francisco International Airport after a row on a runway occupied by a commercial jet, the third close call at the busy airport in six months.

The San Jose Mercury News reports Flight Aeromexico 668 was approved to the country Tuesday. It was about a mile from the airport when controllers saw the aircraft was prepared for a job occupied by a Virgin America Airbus A320 jet awaiting departure.

The tower ordered the Aeromexico Boeing 737 jet to circle around until the weather cleared for the landing.

An Air Canada flight crew members landed in October on a job, despite repeated warnings to break, because the controller believed that the aircraft had not left the area yet.

In July, another Air Canada jet nearly landed on a taxiway where the four planes were waiting before the flight.

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