A statement from the FAA said that: "On Friday just before midnight, an Air Canada A320 was cleared to land on Runway 28R at San Francisco International Airport". There were four aircraft lined up on Taxiway C at the time.
As per the report, the tragedy was averted after the pilot of the Air Canada flight noticed that there were some lights on the runway and informed the Air Traffic Controller (ATC).
The Air Canada plane landed on the correct runway on its second approach without incident.
The Air Canada Airbus 320 was cleared to land at a runway at San Francisco global airport late on Friday.
As the Air Canada jet thanks airport control, another pilot, audibly agitated buzzes in: 'Where is this guy going?
But what the tower doesn't know is that the pilot isn't lined up for runway 28R at all.
An Air Canada spokesman told Fox News that the flight landed without incident a little later and that the airline is investigating the incident.
'Yeah, I saw that guys, ' replies the tower.
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"There's no one on 28R but you", said the air controller.
Immediately, the controller orders Air Canada flight 759 to go around.
He said he's been contacted by pilots from across the country about the incident.
Safety experts said it is rare for planes to land on a taxiway instead of a runway, and when it happens it usually involves small planes at smaller airports.
"This is pretty huge". They can't go anywhere'.
"If you could imagine an Airbus colliding with four passenger aircraft wide bodies, full of fuel and passengers, then you can imagine how horrific this could have been", he said. The FAA is now investigating the incident, according to Reuters.
There was almost a massive disaster at San Francisco International Airport just before midnight on Friday.
There was no immediate information on how many people were on the Air Canada flight from Toronto.