Islamabad-bound PIA flight narrowly escaped collision with Air Canada aircraft at Toronto airport due to alleged negligence by the former’s pilot.
As being reported, Canada’s aviation regulator has issued a report on the near-miss incident that took place on Oct. 17.
As being reported it was a close call as a PIA Boeing 777-200 aircraft was preparing to take off from Toronto airport for Islamabad while an Air Canada Boeing 777-333ER flight was arriving from Incheon, South Korea.
The PIA aircraft taxied onto Taxiway Q “without clearance,” the report said, adding that the plane passed the hold line on Taxiway Q and entered the runway protected area (RPA) for Runway 23.
Air Canada aircraft that had already begun the final approach to the same runway was instructed to “conduct a go-round”, the report added.
The aircraft landed safely after a 15-minute delay.
An air traffic controller’s timely action averted a potentially disastrous crash, the Canadian aviation authority said.
A spokesperson for the PIA said that the management of the national flag carrier airline has already taken notice of the alleged negligence by its pilot.