On 17 February, a GOL Linhas Aereas Boeing 737 (PR-GEA) was operating flight G3 1862 between Recife and Fernando De Noronha, an archipelago of 21 islands and islets in the Atlantic Ocean, 354 km (220 mi) offshore from the Brazilian coast. During its approach, however, the aircraft was forced to make a go-around: an Azul Brazilian Airlines Embraer ERJ-195AR (PR-AUO) was taxiing back on the active runway.
Tony Santos uploaded a movie on social media (see below) and this was quickly picked up by Brazilian media. One channel describes the incident as a near-miss, other media are describing the procedure as a near-collision. The maneuver, however, is common and within the aviation safety standards.
GOL Linhas Aereas was quick to reply on the go-around: “Flight G3 1862 had to discontinue its approach due to runway unavailability – another aircraft on the runway. During the entire approach, the captain had visual contact with the other aircraft. After the runway was cleared, the pilots made another approach and this in complete safety.”