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Air Canada flight nearly lands on occupied SFO runway

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San Francisco International Airport. (Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner file photo)

An Air Canada pilot prepared to land on a taxiway that was occupied by other aircraft late Friday night at San Francisco International Airport, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

Flight AC759, inbound from Toronto, was cleared to land on Runway 28R just before midnight, according to the FAA.

The pilot inadvertently “lined up” for Taxiway C, which parallels Runway 28R and had four other planes waiting to depart at that time, according to the FAA.

An air traffic controller directed the pilot to make another approach and the pilot landed without incident.

The distance between Flight AC759 and those other aircraft is under investigation.

Flight AC759 was an Airbus A320 carrying 135 passengers and five crewmembers, according to a spokesperson for Air Canada who confirmed that the pilot “initiated a go-around” but declined to offer additional information.

Doug Yakel, a spokesperson for SFO, also declined to comment.

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