Neat Video Shows Two Passenger Jets Landing Side-By-Side at the Same Time

The best part about flying on an airplane is that moment during the final approach: you look outside your airplane window and see the city where you’re about to land from way up above, and comment on why so many people have pools in their backyards and see how big the freeways are and delight at all the parks and so forth. It’s so fun! There’s so much to see! But the last thing I’d expect to see during that moment is another plane landing at the same time as my plane on the runway right next to mine.


Redditor shadytradesman took the video of the two planes landing simultaneously at SFO. Supposedly, this kind of dual landing isn’t exactly an uncommon occurrence at SFO, but it’s still really neat to see a big ass plane mirroring another big ass plane during landing.


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That’s standard operating procedure at SFO. It’s called Closely-Spaced Parallel Operations (CSPO).

The main landing runways, 28L and 28R, are 750 feet apart. In clear weather conditions, the approach airspace controllers (NorCal TRACON) pair up the arrivals so that one is slightly leading the other. It becomes the responsibility of the trailing aircraft to maintain separation from the leading aircraft, but to stay pretty much parallel so that the wake turbulence from one plane doesn’t affect the other.

As soon as the two landing aircraft cross the intersection of the other two runways (1L and 1R), the aircraft staged on the “1s” are given clearance to take off. They clear the intersections, and a few seconds later the next landing aircraft cross the thresholds of the 28s.

Check it out on flightradar24 - it’s absolute poetry.