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San Francisco International Airport

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Name San Francisco International Airport
Region North America
Territory United States US.gif
Location San Francisco, California
Serving San Francisco
Elevation 3.962 m <br />13 ft <br />13 ft3.962 m <br />
Coordinates 37° 37' 9.75" N, 122° 22' 26.06" W
Designator Length Width Surface ROPS
01L/19R 2286 m7,500 ft <br /> 61 m200.131 ft <br /> ASP yes/yes
01R/19L 2636 m8,648.294 ft <br /> 61 m200.131 ft <br /> ASP yes/yes
10L/28R 3618 m11,870.079 ft <br /> 61 m200.131 ft <br /> ASP yes/yes
10R/28L 3231 m10,600.394 ft <br /> 61 m200.131 ft <br /> ASP yes/yes

Observation KSFO 161556Z 00000KT 10SM FEW200 17/11 A3003 RMK AO2 SLP170 T01670111
Station San Francisco, San Francisco International Airport
Date/Time 16 October 2021 15:56:00
Wind direction
Wind speed 00 kts
Lowest cloud amount few clouds
Temperature 16.7°C
Dew point 11.1°C
Humidity 69%
Weather condition n/a

Tag(s) Parallel Runway Operation
Tag(s) Fog
Rwy(s) 01R, 01L, 19R, 19L

San Francisco International Airport is a major international airport located 21 km11.339 nm <br />21,000 m <br />68,897.638 ft <br /> south of downtown San Francisco, California, United States, adjacent to the cities of Millbrae and San Bruno in unincorporated San Mateo County. It is often referred to as SFO.


Dry-summer subtropical ”Mediterranean" climate (Köppen climate classification Csb) - characterized by warm, dry summers and mild winters. During the summer, rising hot air in California's interior valleys creates a low pressure area that draws winds from the North Pacific High through the Golden Gate, which creates the city's characteristic cool winds and fog. The fog is less pronounced in eastern neighborhoods and during the late summer and early fall, which is the warmest time of the year.



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Accidents & Serious Incidents at or in vicinity of KSFO

  • A320 / B789 / A343, San Francisco CA USA, 2017 (On 7 July 2017 the crew of an Airbus A320, cleared for an approach and landing on runway 28R at San Francisco in night VMC, lined up for the visual approach for which it had been cleared on the occupied parallel taxiway instead of the runway extended centreline and only commenced a go-around at the very last minute, having descended to about 60 feet agl whilst flying over two of the four aircraft on the taxiway. The Investigation determined that the sole direct cause of the event was the poor performance of the A320 flight crew.)
  • B752 / CRJ7, San Francisco CA USA, 2008 (On 13 January 2008, a Boeing 757-200 and a Bombardier CL-600 received pushback clearance from two adjacent terminal gates within 41 seconds. The ground controller believed there was room for both aircraft to pushback. During the procedure both aircraft were damaged as their tails collided. The pushback procedure of the Boeing was performed without wing-walkers or tail-walkers.)
  • B762, San Francisco CA USA, 2008 (On 28 June 2008 a Boeing 767-200 being operated as a Public Transport cargo flight by ABX Air (DHL) experienced a ground fire after loading had been completed and all doors closed and just before engine startup at night. The fire was located in the supernumerary compartment of the airplane. This compartment, which is present on some cargo airplanes, is located directly aft of the cockpit and forward of the main deck cargo compartment which is where the toilet, galley, and three non-flight crew seats are located (see diagram below).The flight crew evacuated the aircraft through the flight deck windows and were not injured, but the aircraft was substantially fire damaged and later classified as a hull loss.)
  • B772, San Francisco CA USA, 2013 (On 6 July 2013, an Asiana Boeing 777-200 descended below the visual glidepath on short finals at San Francisco after the pilots failed to notice that their actions had reduced thrust to idle. Upon late recognition that the aircraft was too low and slow, they were unable to recover before the aircraft hit the sea wall and the tail detached. Control was lost and the fuselage eventually hit the ground. A few occupants were ejected at impact but most managed to evacuate subsequently and before fire took hold. The Probable Cause of the accident was determined to be the mismanagement of the aircraft by the pilots.)
  • E170/E120, San Francisco CA, USA 2007 (On 26 May 2007, a Republic Airlines Embraer 170 taking off from runway 01L at San Francisco nearly collided with an aircraft which had just landed on intersecting runway 28R and come to a stop at the intersection. Both aircraft were operating in accordance with instructions to take off and land respectively issued by the same TWR controller. After an AMASS conflict alert issued 15 seconds in advance of the subsequent conflict, the controller involved instructed the aircraft on landing roll to ‘hold’,)