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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 201605
Last updated: 17 November 2021
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Time:20:00 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic E170 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Embraer ERJ-175LR (ERJ-170-200 LR)
Owner/operator:American Eagle, opb Compass Airlines
Registration: N214NN
MSN: 17000508
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: None
Location:San Francisco International Airport, CA (SFO/KSFO) -   United States of America
Phase: Approach
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Los Angeles International Airport, CA (LAX/KLAX)
Destination airport:San Francisco International Airport, CA (SFO/KSFO)
Investigating agency: NTSB
A runway incursion occurred on runway 28L at San Francisco International Airport (SFO), California, when Virgin America flight VX920 was on a line up and wait clearance issued by the local air traffic controller and Compass Airlines flight AA6081 was cleared to land on the same runway. The air traffic controllers received an Airport Surface Detection System Model X (ASDE-X) alert and commanded the Compass flight to "go-around," and the crew subsequently performed a go-around maneuver.
Flight VX920 was an Airbus A320-214, registered N627VA, operating on a flight to Las Vegas-McCarran Airport, Nevada.
Fight AA6081 was Embraer ERJ-175LR, registered N214NN, operating on a flight from Los Angeles International Airport, California.
Night visual meteorological conditions (VMC) prevailed at the time of the incident (KSFO 160356Z 20019KT 10SM FEW100 BKN120 BKN180 16/04 A2999 RMK AO2 SLP155 T01560039).

Official data has not yet been released. ADS-B data from both flights as recorded by Flightradar24 suggests flight VX920 was at the hold short line at 19:59:17 LT. At that time AA6081 was 3 NM from the threshold, at about 850 feet.
At 19:59:32 VX920 had entered the runway and was in the process of lining up. At that time AA6081 was 2.4 NM from the threshold, at about 675 feet.
ADS-B data suggest that AA6081 descended until at least 75 feet at 20:00:26. During the go around manoeuvre, the ERJ-175 crossed the paved surface short of the runway threshold at 100 feet and continued to climb, carrying out a safe landing 20:11.


Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report


ADS-B data from Flightradar24

Revision history:

22-Nov-2017 14:56 harro Added

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