Preliminary Accident Reports

July 2007 Issue

May 26, 2007, San Francisco, Calif., Embraer 120/Embraer 170

The two scheduled regional airliners nearly collided at 1336 Pacific time. There were no reported injuries and no reported damage to aircraft. The EMB-120 was arriving; the EMB-170 was departing. After the EMB-120 came to a stop at the intersection of Runways 1L and 28R, the EMB-170 lifted off and overflew it. The initial FAA tower report estimated the aircraft missed colliding by 300 feet. However, the EMB-120 crew estimated the distance as 30 to 50 feet; the EMB-170 crew estimated 150 feet. They characterized their estimate as a "guess," noting that they could not actually see the Brasilia as they passed over the top of the aircraft.

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