Video Showing Sleepy Air Canada Pilot Almost Crashing A Plane Full Of People
135 passengers were on board at the time.
For those of us that have taken a flight, we never actually realize how much trust we put into the flight crew and pilot. Seriously, we don't even think twice about how they'll get the plane into the air, how they'll keep it there, and most importantly... how they'll safely land.
TL;DR The video below shows security footage of an Air Canada plane nearly crashing into a landed plane at the SFO airport. The conclusion as to why this happened is that the flight crew had been extremely exhausted. Under Canadian flight limitations, the crew was still within requirements, although they were not when it came to the U.S. regulations. Canada's federal government is now reviewing the incident.
It comes as no surprise that the crew works super long hours, so by the time it's late in the night and they're working their last flight it's probably a struggle just to keep their eyes open.
Well, one Air Canada pilot in particular might have been a little too dreamy, after security footage was released of the plane nearly crashing into another plane!
The Canadian plane had been cleared to land on runway 28R at the San Francisco International Airport, but instead the pilot had lined up with taxiway C... which was currently occupied by four landed planes.
You can watch the official security footage here...
The Air Canada plane was carrying 135 passengers when it's seen almost crashing right into one of the landed planes. The pilot immediately began to gain altitude and tried landing *safely* once again. Thankfully, this time he succeeded.
Although no one was injured, many have been asking since the event that took place last July what exactly went wrong?
The truth is, the entire flight crew was beyond exhausted. The crew (including the pilot) began to feel tired after flying through thunderstorms around 9:45PM.
The near-crash incident took place at roughly 11:56PM, but the flight crew's "normal body clock time" made it seem as if it was almost three in the morning.
As if it couldn't sound any worse, the pilot had been awake for over 19 hours prior to the incident.
So, the plane was almost crashed during a time when flight crew normally would have been asleep. The problem is, their flight and duty time as well as their rest time was still within acceptable limits under Canada's flight regulations. However, it was not acceptable under the U.S. requirements.
Canada's federal government has now been called upon to revise Canadian flight working and resting hours.
We can only hope lower expectations are given soon, because seriously, I think we can all agree we'd rather a pilot get a little more shut-eye than nearly crash the plane right before landing.