SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS RADIO) – A close call at San Francisco International last week is prompting requests for an investigation by the Federal Aviation Administration.
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On Friday, two passenger jets were forced to abort their landings at the last minute.
A United Airlines pilot was making his final descent to runway 28 at SFO when he noticed a Southwest plane on his runway. To avoid colliding with the aircraft, the pilot had to pull out of the landing. Seconds later, an Alaska Airlines was also forced to abort, as the Southwest plane had passed into its runway.
KCBS Radio obtained audio from the narrow encounter courtesy of Live ATC. The air traffic controller can be heard saying, "I don't want an argument on frequency."
According to ATC, the Southwest plane should not have been on the runway, but the pilot said he never got clearance for take off.
The Federal Aviation Administration said they have looked into the incident. FAA officials told the SF Chronicle, "neither incident was a runway incursion and appropriate steps were taken to ensure a safe operation." However, some aviation experts are calling for a more thorough investigation.
Each of the planes involved in the close call can hold up to 300 passengers.
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