Wrong-runway confusion during landing at SFO

The Aeromexico flight was headed for a runway that was occupied by a Virgin America Airbus A320, which was waiting to take off for a journey to Kona, Hawaii, the FAA reported according to ABC 7 News.

The Federal Aviation Administration is now investigating another incident involving runway confusion at San Francisco International Airport.

- Flight controllers at SFO had to stop an incoming flight from landing on the wrong runway. When Air Traffic Controllers noticed the mistake, they ordered the Aeromexico flight to abort the landing one mile from the airport.

A passenger at Mexico City International Airport waits by the Aeromexico counters.

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 landing, the flight crew indicated they'd had a radio problem.

An Aeromexico passenger jet meant to land on a runway occupied by a commercial jet before air traffic controllers ordered the Aeromexico jet to abort the landing, the San Jose Mercury News first reported.

Controllers tried to hail the aircraft multiple times and used a light gun to wave off the aircraft, but the Air Canada pilots continued the approach and landed safely on Runway 28R, the FAA said.

A July incident at SFO airport also involved Air Canada. Four planes were on this taxiway awaiting their take-offs. The FAA said the Aeromexico pilots had been using their instrument landing system during the approach, which provides guidance to the pilots when landing in low visibility.

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