Aeromexico Flight Nearly Lands On Wrong Runway Tuesday Morning

Probe into latest near-miss at San Francisco airport

It had been cleared to land on one runway at 11:45 a.m. Tuesday and even read back the correct information.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating yet another near miss at San Francisco Airport. When the plane was about 1 mile from the airport, air traffic controllers noticed the aircraft was lined up for Runway 28L and instructed the crew to execute a missed approach.

Further details were not immediately available.

This is the third time in six months that something like this has happened at SFO, reports CBS News' Kris Van Cleave.

In July, an Air Canada jet nearly landed on a taxiway occupied by four jets, and in October, another Air Canada jet landed after failing to respond to orders from air traffic control to abort the landing and remain in the air.

In that incident, the plane disappeared from SFO's Airport Surface Detection Equipment/Airport Surface Surveillance Capability display - similar to radar - for almost 12 seconds, possibly because it was off course. After this event, the FAA issued new regulations regarding landing at night, as well as staffing at the control tower of the airport.

Audio on the cockpit's voice recorder was inexplicably overwritten and therefore unavailable, but investigators said the pilot and first officer on that flight had thousands of hours of experience flying that model of aircraft.

Aeromexico flight 668 was approved to land on an open runway at SFO on Tuesday morning, but as the aircraft approached the airport, air traffic controllers realized it was lined up to land on another runway that was occupied by a Virgin America Airbus A320 jet. The flight did not give a response to radio instructions or to the light gun that is used when the crew is not following orders given via radio, Business Insider reported.

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