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https://www.theguardian.com/business/2017/aug/03/air-canada-near-miss-picture-shows-how-close-planes-came-to-crashing

 

There's a pretty good image (a pair, actually, merged into a single image) in this article.  The more "evidence" I see the scarier this looks.

 

There should be some "consequences" for this but it appears there won't be.  "Accidental" loss of the CVR info and the presumption of innocence is probably going to save them, but it's hard to imagine that this was a "sterile cockpit" with two minds intent on the business at hand.  I'm speculating, of course, but I strongly suspect that there was some kind of distraction in progress that should not have been permitted.  A 20,000 hour and a 10,000 hour pilot with their game faces on could not have let this happen.  Someone knows more than he's saying and the reason he's not saying it is to preserve his career, which is understandable at some level.

 

John

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Way too near of a miss..but thank [your pick] it was a miss. That was nearly (at least) 2 and up to 4 planes lost with many many souls.  :(

 

Another article from a local newpaper Mercury News...it mentions that the aircraft was on an angled FMS visual approach and thus not using the ILS system.

 

http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/07/21/sfo-close-call-air-canada-pilot-was-not-using-guidance-instruments-source-says/

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Interesting thread here too, about "FMS Approaches", including a discussion about some airlines having private, but approved approaches.  Air Canada is not mentioned in the thread (that I noticed) but it is the KSFO Rwy 28 runways that are being discussed.

 

https://www.pilotsofamerica.com/community/threads/fms-approach.16597/

 

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That still doesn't excuse the fact that they weren't paying attention to the runway lights that I'm sure they have seen thousands of times. :P

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