FAA Establishes New Rules For SFO After Near-Miss Incident


(San Francisco, CA)  --  The Federal Aviation Administration says a near-miss incident at SFO last month is resulting in some rule changes at the airport.  The FAA will enforce the new rules when one of the runways parallel to an incoming flight's runway is closed.  

Air traffic controllers will no longer be allowed to let pilots make visual landing approaches, meaning pilots will have to use instrument or satellite-based systems to land on the proper runway.  The new regulations also call for two controllers to be on duty late at night during the airport's busy hours.  

The changes are the result of a scary near-miss July 7th when a pilot landed on the taxiway instead of the runway, narrowly missing four planes that were getting ready to take off.  The new requirements go into effect when an adjacent runway is closed and the lights are turned off.


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