A 30 Metre miss by Air Canada

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An Air Canada plane with 140 people on board came within 30 metres of crashing onto two of four planes lined up to take off at San Francisco International Airport last week, according to a preliminary report Canadian air safety regulators released Thursday.

Canada’s Transportation Safety Board released a short summary of the July 7 incident, which U.S. authorities are still investigating.

The summary said Air Canada Flight 759 had already travelled almost half a kilometre over the taxiway before aborting the landing.

As the Airbus 320 pulled up sharply it flew 30 metres over the first two jets, about 60 metres above the third and about 90 metres over the fourth, the summary said. It then circled and landed safely.

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