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Air Canada's close call in San Francisco could've been worst aviation accident in history

October 17, 2018 / USA TODAY

Safety officials say a near collision of airliners in San Francisco last year was a few feet from becoming the worst crash in aviation history.The National Transportation Safety Board issued a final report Thursday on the incident in which an Air Canada jet nearly crashed into planes lined up on the ground at San Francisco International Airport shortly before midnight on July 7, 2017.Only a few feet of separation prevented this from possibly becoming the worst aviation accident in history, NTSB Vice Chairman Bruce Landsberg said in a statement accompanying the report.The Air Canada jet swooped to just 60 feet above the ground while passing over other planes packed with passengers waiting to take off.