Canada A319 at Toronto on Dec 25th 2016, right is where left is wrong

Last Update: January 10, 2017 / 22:17:03 GMT/Zulu time

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Dec 25, 2016

Classification
Incident

Airline
Air Canada

Flight number
AC-467

Destination
Toronto, Canada

Aircraft Registration
C-GAQL

Aircraft Type
Airbus A319

ICAO Type Designator
A319

An Air Canada Airbus A319-100, registration C-GAQL performing flight AC-467 from Ottawa,ON to Toronto,ON (Canada) with 103 people on board, was on approach to Toronto when Air Traffic Control instructed the aircraft to turn right onto a heading of 040 degrees, the crew read correctly back but initiated a left turn causing a loss of separation with an Air Canada Airbus A320-200, registration C-FDRK performing flight AC-727 from New York La Guardia,NY (USA) to Toronto. ATC was able to restore separation, both aircraft continued for a safe landing.

On Jan 3rd 2017 the Canadian TSB reported the separation between the two aircraft reduced to 400 feet vertical and 1nm horizontally.

On Jan 10th 2017 the Canadian TSB released a significant update stating, that AC-467 was on a heading of 150 degrees and was instructed by ATC to turn right to a heading of 040 degrees and intercept the localizer runway 05. The crew read the clearance back correctly, however, initiated the turn to the left instead of right. Just when AC-727 inquired when they would receive their turn to intercept the localizer, both aircraft received a TCAS resolution advisory. The separation between the aircraft reduced to 400 feet vertically and 1nm horizontally before ATC and flight crew were able to correct the situation. The TSB wrote: "The clearance issued to ACA467 may have been intended for ACA727."
Incident Facts

Date of incident
Dec 25, 2016

Classification
Incident

Airline
Air Canada

Flight number
AC-467

Destination
Toronto, Canada

Aircraft Registration
C-GAQL

Aircraft Type
Airbus A319

ICAO Type Designator
A319

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