What could have been worst than the Tenerife accident, Air Canada at SFO

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I feel that there are a number of important aspects of the investigation that have been left out by NTSB in the AC759 overflight of taxiway at KSFO 07 July 2017.


The investigation itself is fixated on the lateral deviation of the aircraft to align with the parallel taxiway instead of the runway 28R. The vertical profile was flown and how was it flown is not questioned at all.

The investigation lays emphasis on the aspect of NOTAMS. While I agree that NOTAMS are a hazard and the risk associated can be detrimental to the crew performance, I would like to question the basics of safety.
Has any Airline or FAA directed any Airline to carry out a Safety Risk Assessment under their Safety Management System to address the issue? There has been a failure of the SMS program and the existence of a poor Safety culture in the Airline. They are still at the pathological or reactive stage of safety culture development.

The flight crew received the NOTAM for Rwy 28L closure as a part of the ACARS message along with SFO weather. Secondly, the Captain gave the statement in the interview that when he first sighted the runway, he knew that runway 28L was closed but assumed that it was still open. Therefore NOTAM could not have played an important role in this incident. The crew awareness was there.

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Overall a very user-friendly and easy aircraft to fly………..


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