Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--CORRECTION-BR-APFN-US-Near-Collision-San-Francis

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--CORRECTION-BR-APFN-US-Near-Collision-San-Francis

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STATIONS: In a broadcast separate slugged "BR-APFN-US-Near-Collision-San-Francisco-Airport" that moved at 22:48 ET, please replace the item with the following:

(FIXES first paragraph to remove the word "blame," as the NTSB investigates probable cause and does not determine fault or liability)

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(BR-APFN-US-Near-Collision-San-Francisco-Airport)

United States federal safety officials say pilot error was the reason an Air Canada jetliner came within three to six metres of crashing into a plane on the ground last year in San Francisco.

The Air Canada pilots were apparently confused because one of two parallel runways was closed and dark before the late-night incident.

The crew was seconds from landing their Airbus A320 jet on a taxiway where other planes loaded with passengers were waiting to take off. …

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