SAN FRANCISCO – An Aeromexico passenger plane was ordered to abort a landing at the San Francisco International Airport, as it fell into a job occupied by a commercial jet, the third close call at the busy airport in six months.
Aeromexico Flight 668 of Mexico City was approved to the country Tuesday and it was about a mile (1.6 km) from the airport when controllers saw the aircraft was prepared for a job occupied by a Virgin America Airbus A320 jet waiting to take off for Kona, Hawaii, the San Jose Mercury News reported Thursday.
The tower ordered the Aeromexico Boeing 737 jet to circle around.
“Aeromexico 668!” an air traffic controller is heard saying on audio recordings, newspaper.
The pilot quickly acknowledge the request to abort the landing: “Aeromexico 668 going around.”
The plane later landed safely, said Ian Gregor, Federal Aviation Administration spokesman. He said that the FAA has a research set up.
An Air Canada flight crew members landed in October on one of the airport’s runway, despite repeated warnings to break, because the controller believed that the aircraft had not left the area yet.
In July, an Air Canada jet with 140 people on board, almost landed on one of the airport taxiways where the four planes were waiting for takeoff, the FAA will issue new rules for night landings, and the control tower personnel at the airport.