Capt. Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger of “Miracle on the Hudson” fame and Congressman Mark DeSaulnier, D-Contra Costa County, announced new legislation today aimed at making airport runways safer for planes and passengers.
At a press conference at SFO, both said the Safe Landings Act was prompted by a near miss at SFO in July 2017.THE AIR CANADA NEAR MISSNTSB Faults Air Canada Pilots for Last Year’s Near-Disaster at SFOWATCH: Harrowing NTSB Video of Airliner’s Near-Disaster at SFOFAA Investigates Why Jet Nearly Landed on Other Planes at SFO
At the time, an Air Canada jet narrowly avoided landing on a runway where four other planes were lined up, waiting to take off. According to federal safety officials, the Air Canada jet came within just 14 feet of hitting one of the planes on the ground before veering up to circle and land safely. An investigation found there was confusion because of a dark closed parallel runway during the late-night landing. A number of other miscommunication errors and crew fatigue contributed to what would have been a massive disaster.