Vancouver: 2 Planes Forced to Abort Landing Same Day!
Barry Artiste, Now Public Contributor
Airplane passengers lives don't get lucky once, but twice when flying into Vancouver Airport on the same day.
We have all seen it on the road, a slow moving driver in front of us, with the etermal left signal blinking for miles, or the driver who thinks "Yellow" means Hurry Up!
Well one certainly doesn't expect the "Friendly Skies" to have the same problem, especially since you cannot afford to be a "Looky Lou" or Slam on the Brakes in mid-air. But apparently aircraft seem to have the same problems we do in the air with traffic problems aplenty.
With technology today, you would think these safeguards would ensure Zero Airplane crashes on the ground.
Vancouver airport is only second to Ontario in "Near Misses" in which "Fatal Collisions" between "aircraft landing meeting aircraft taking off" . Aircraft involved in a "Buff and Dent" even in the most minor of collisions, usually result in the Coroner's Van arriving, instead of a Tow Truck.
2 planes forced to abort landing at Vancouver airport on same dayLori Culbert, Canwest News ServicePublished: Wednesday, May 28, 2008
VANCOUVER - Two planes were forced to abort landings at Vancouver airport on Wednesday because they were too close to other aircraft on the runway, according to Transport Canada.
It is unusual to have two such near-misses at the same airport in one day, but actions taken by both pilots meant that no one was injured, said Rod Nelson of Transport Canada.
"It's unusual you would have two in a day, or it's coincidental," Nelson said. "(But) it's an example of good safety action. That's what you're supposed to do: if there's an aircraft on the runway, you're supposed to do a missed approach when you get to a certain point."
These near-misses are termed "loss of separation" in the daily incident reports logged with Transport Canada.There have been eight loss-of-separation occurrences - including the two Wednesday - reported so far this year at or near Vancouver airport, and 460 since 1993, according to statistics kept by Transport Canada.