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Commissioner Jones requests investigation following Air Canada near miss flight

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For Release: July 17, 2017
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Commissioner Jones requests investigation following Air Canada near miss flight

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Last week, California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones, a passenger on Air Canada flight 759, sent a letter to Air Canada and three aviation and transportation regulators following the near miss that could have been the greatest aviation disaster in history after a pilot nearly landed on a taxiway where four other planes full of passengers were sitting instead of the designated runway. In part, the letter reads: 

"I write to request that Air Canada conduct a thorough and complete investigation of this incident, and that Air Canada cooperate with the relevant United States and Canadian aviation regulators, and that Air Canada inform all of the passengers from the flight as to the results of its and aviation regulators' investigations and of the steps taken to prevent such a near disaster in the future. 

As a passenger of Air Canada 759 I believe we have a right to know what happened, why it happened, and what can be done to make sure that no plane and its passengers are placed at such risk of loss again."

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Media Notes:

The California Department of Insurance, established in 1868, is the largest consumer protection agency in California. Insurers collect $310 billion in premiums annually in California. Since 2011 the California Department of Insurance received more than 1,000,000 calls from consumers and helped recover over $469 million in claims and premiums. Please visit the Department of Insurance website at Non-media inquiries should be directed to the Consumer Hotline at 800.927.4357. Telecommunications Devices for the Deaf (TDD), please dial 800.482.4833.

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