"It is estimated that AC-759 overflew the first two aircraft by 100 feet, the third by about 200 feet and the last by 300 feet. The closest lateral proximity between AC-759 and one of the aircraft on taxiway C was 29 feet."
If this was frightening before, it just got a lot worse. I had assumed that the pilots would figure it out, realize that they were looking at aircraft in their path, and perform a go around later... and that they were only "beaten to the punch" by ATC (others posting had similar comments).
But according to the article they were already over the taxiway when they initiated a go around..., and they came very (VERY) close. It suggests to me that they would not have caught it in time, but for the ATC wave off.
I posted this question earlier, but received no response, so I'll try again (I'm hoping that someone with actual flight experience can help): At what point is it necessary to perform a missed approach? When the crew of AC759 saw lights on the runway, less than a mile out, wouldn't that be the time to go around and figure it out from a safe height? OR, when the tower assures that there are no aircraft on the runway, but their eyes tell them otherwise?
Thanks in advance!
PS - I'm flying AC YYZ-SFO in a few months, so this is way too close for comfort.