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Topic: Sky Airlines 737 Lands In A Wrong Airport.
Username: Kuba74
Posted 2006-08-16 22:49:28 and read 28396 times.

This is now happening. Local media in my hometown Poznan announce that Turkish Sky Airlines 737 (flight no. SHY 335 from Antalya) landed by mistake on the military airfield Poznan Krzesiny (EPKS) instead of Poznan Lawica airport (EPPO). As far as we know there was no other reason of that than pilot's mistake.
It is quite ambarassing how often things like this happen. I remember it was two years ago that Eurolot ATR-42 heading to Kaliningrad in Russia landed by mistake in its military airfield. The plane and passengers were arrested for several hours. I try to guess who was more confused- the crew and passengers or airfield crew?

Kuba

Topic: RE: Sky Airlines 737 Lands In A Wrong Airport.
Username: RoseFlyer
Posted 2006-08-16 22:53:26 and read 28390 times.

This is a bad thing. That pilot certainly will be in a lot of trouble if not fired.

Quoting Kuba74 (Thread starter):
It is quite ambarassing how often things like this happen. I remember it was two years ago that Eurolot ATR-42 heading to Kaliningrad in Russia landed by mistake in its military airfield. The plane and passengers were arrested for several hours. I try to guess who was more confused- the crew and passengers or airfield crew?

I remember hearing relatively recently that a Northwest Airlines plane landed at Ellsworth Air Force Base (I think) instead of Rapid City South Dakota, which is only a few miles away. The US though is not going to arrest passengers though like the Russians would. If I remember correctly, they had to shut their window shades and wait for another Northwest crew to get them to their proper destination.

Topic: RE: Sky Airlines 737 Lands In A Wrong Airport.
Username: Danny
Posted 2006-08-16 23:49:25 and read 28256 times.

This is some kind of plague this year. More info (Polish only) here:
http://miasta.gazeta.pl/poznan/1,36001,3553950.html

Aircraft landed in NATO military airbase in Krzesiny. It was surrounded by soldiers and searched while pilots were tested for alcohol. After nothing was discovered it flew few mile to Poznan Lawica (EPPO/POZ) which was its correct destination.

Topic: RE: Sky Airlines 737 Lands In A Wrong Airport.
Username: AerArann
Posted 2006-08-17 00:44:05 and read 28140 times.

Not An Eirjet Pilot was it??

EIRJET PLANE LANDS AT WRONG AIRPORT

Topic: RE: Sky Airlines 737 Lands In A Wrong Airport.
Username: Asturias
Posted 2006-08-17 00:54:54 and read 28111 times.

Or was it perhaps not a Nordic pilot who landed at the wrong airport!?? Big grin

Spanair/Nordic lands at wrong airport

cheers

Asturias

Topic: RE: Sky Airlines 737 Lands In A Wrong Airport.
Username: Travatl
Posted 2006-08-17 01:08:14 and read 28070 times.

It's not uncommon:

March 29, 2006 - A Eirjet A320 bound for Derry, Northern Ireland mistakenly lands at Ballykelly, a military airfield. Link.

December 16, 2005 - A Pakistan International Airlines 737 bound for Karachi, Pakistan mistakenly lands at Faisal, a military airfield. Link.

September 5, 2005 - A Wings Air MD-80 bound for Minangkabau International Airport in Padang, Indonesia mistakenly lands at Tabing Airport, a military airfield. Link.

January 9, 2004 - A Shuttle America Saab 340 bound for University Park Airport in State College, Pennsylvania mistakenly lands at Mid-State Regional Airport in Philipsburg, Pennsylvania. Link.

January 22, 2003 - A Chatauqua Airlines Embraer 145, chartered by the University of Notre Dame basketball team and bound for South Bend, Indiana, mistakenly lands at Elkhart Municipal Airport. See Tom Coyne, "Irish land at wrong airport because of pilot mistake," Associated Press, January 24, 2003.

July 30, 2002 - A LOT Polish Airlines aircraft, bound for Kaliningrad, Russia, mistakenly lands at Chkalovsk, an abandoned military airfield. Link.

June 27, 2001 - A TAM Fokker 100, bound for Teresina, Brazil, mistakenly lands at Timon. See "Brazilian pilot mistakes private airstrip for urban airport," Deutsche Presse-Agentur, June 27, 2001.

March 14, 2001 - A TWA MD-80, bound for Yampa Valley Airport in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, mistakenly lands at Craig-Moffat Airport. Link.

December 8, 2000 - A BAX Global DC-8, bound for Oscoda-Wurtsmith Airport in Oscoda, Michigan, mistakenly lands at Iosco County Airport in East Tawas. Link.

June 17, 2000 - An Air Nova Dash 8, bound for Mont Joli, Quebec, mistakenly lands at Rimouski. See "Pilots land at wrong airport," The Gazette (Montreal, Quebec), June 20, 2000.

June 22, 1999 - An Avensa 727, bound for Latacunga Airport in Ambato, Venezuela, mistakenly lands at Izamva Airport. (According to some reports, the pilot did not complete the landing but did make contact with the ground.) See "Pilot Attempts Wrong Airport Landing," Associated Press, June 24, 1999.

July 16, 1997 - A Continental Express Embraer 120, bound for Lake Charles, Louisiana, mistakenly lands at Southland Field in Carlyss. See T.J. Milling, "A familiar landmark? Another Continental plane sets down at same, wrong airport," Houston Chronicle, July 19, 1997.

June 2, 1997 - A Saudi Arabian Airlines 747, bound for Madras International Airport in Chennai, India, mistakenly lands at Tambaram Air Force Base. Link.

May 11, 1997 - A Continental Airlines 737, bound for Corpus Christi, Texas, mistakenly lands at Cabaniss Field, an abandoned Navy airfield. Link.

March 27, 1997 - A Sun Pacific International Airlines aircraft, chartered by the Arkansas Razorbacks and bound for Fayetteville, Arkansas, mistakenly lands at Springdale. Link.

December 24, 1996 - An Atlas Air 747 bound for Pinal Air Park in Marana, Arizona mistakenly lands at Avra Valley Airport. Link.

October 15, 1996 - A Nations Air 737, bound for Orlando, Florida, mistakenly lands at Sanford Airport. See "Airline's inaugural flight lands at wrong airport in Orlando," Tampa Tribune, October 16, 1996.

October 3, 1996 - A Continental Express aircraft, bound for Lake Charles, Louisiana, mistakenly lands at Southland Field in Carlyss. Link.

October 17, 1995 - An aircraft chartered on behalf of the White House press corps, bound for Kelly Air Force Base in Texas, mistakenly lands at San Antonio International Airport. See "Press plane lands at wrong airport," United Press International, October 17, 1995.

September 5, 1995 - A Northwest Airlines DC-10, bound for Frankfurt, Germany, mistakenly landed in Brussels, Belgium, approximately 200 miles off course. (In this case, air traffic control has been blamed for providing incorrect flight plan data to the pilots.) See Don Phillips, "U.S. Jet Bound for Germany Mistakenly Lands in Belgium," Washington Post, October 1, 1995.

March 21, 1995 - A Great China Airlines Dash-8, bound for Taipei, Taiwan, mistakenly lands at Penghu Island. (In this case, the airline has been blamed for providing incorrect instructions to the pilot.) See "Misinformed Pilot Lands at Wrong Airport," Associated Press, March 22, 1995.

December 21, 1994 - A United Airlines 757, bound for San Juan, Puerto Rico, mistakenly lands at Fernando Ribas Dominicci Airport (a/k/a Isla Grande Airport). Link. See also "FAA Investigating Landing of United 757 at Wrong Airport," Aviation Daily, December 24, 1994.

May 5, 1993 - A Jet Airways 737, bound for Coimbatore, India, mistakenly lands at Sulur Air Force Base. Link. See also "You have arrived at err..." The Advertiser, May 6, 1993.

March 28, 1991 - An Emerald Airlines 727, bound for Central Wisconsin Airport in Mosinee, mistakenly lands at Wausau Municipal Airport. See Robert Imrie, "Pilot, Co-Pilot of 727 That Landed at Wrong Airport Suspended," Associated Press, May 7, 1991.

November 24, 1990 - A Wings West Fairchild Metro, bound for San Luis Obispo, California, mistakenly lands at Santa Maria Airport. See David Dietz, "Bay Airliner's Landing at Wrong City Probed: Plane Missed Destination By 36 Miles," San Francisco Chronicle, November 27, 1990.

November 8, 1990 - A Continental Express ATR-42, bound for Jackson, Mississippi, mistakenly lands at Hawkins Field. See "National Digest," St. Petersburg Times, November 10, 1990.

March 2, 1989 - A Dan Air BAe 748, bound for Aldergrove Airport in Belfast, Northern Ireland, mistakenly lands at Langford Lodge Airport. See "Flight ends at wrong destination," Independent, March 3, 1989.

September 17, 1988 - A Canadian Airlines 737, bound for Cambridge Bay, Northwest Territories, mistakenly lands at Churchill, Manitoba. (According to some reports, the pilots mis-applied the magnetic variation factor from true north necessary for navigation in high latitudes.) See "Canadian jetliner flew 750 miles off course," Miami Herald, September 25, 1988.

January 21, 1988 - A Piedmont Airlines F-28, bound for Wilmington, North Carolina, mistakenly lands at Albert J. Ellis Airport in Jacksonville. See "Piedmont Jet Lands at Jacksonville Instead of Wilmington," Associated Press, January 23, 1988.

July 7, 1987 - A Delta Air Lines 737, bound for Lexington, Kentucky, mistakenly lands at Capital City Airport in Frankfort. Link.

November 3, 1986 - An Air France 727, bound for Eliat, Israel, mistakenly lands at Aqaba Airport in Jordan. See "Sorry, Wrong Airport," Associated Press, November 3, 1986.

February 3, 1986 - A Piedmont Airlines 737, bound for Bush Field in Augusta, Georgia, mistakenly lands at Daniel Field. See "Piedmont Airlines Flight Lands at Wrong Airport in Augusta," Associated Press, February 4, 1986.

1982 - An Aero Airways DC-8, bound for Stewart International Airport in Newburgh, New York, mistakenly lands at Dutchess County Airport. See Edward Hudson, "Jets Mistake Tiny Airport for Another," New York Times, October 13, 1985. (I have not been able to determine the exact date of this incident, but the report appears to be reliable.)

October 23, 1980 - A Republic Airlines Convair 580 bound for Golden Triangle Municipal Airport in Columbus, Mississippi, mistakenly lands at Columbus-Lowndes County Airport. See "FAA Investigating Errant Landing," Associated Press, November 14, 1980.

July 14, 1980 - A Delta Air Lines 727, bound for Miami, mistakenly lands at Fort Lauderdale. (In this case, air traffic control has been blamed for providing incorrect flight plan data to the pilots.) See "Controller Reprimanded in Wrong Airport Landing," Associated Press, July 25, 1980.

June 20, 1980 - A Delta Air Lines 727, bound for Tampa, Florida, mistakenly lands at MacDill Air Force Base. See Tom Zucco, "The Official Tampa Bay Map of the Weird," St. Petersburg Times, October 18, 1991.

March 1, 1980 - A Republic Airlines DC-9 bound for Golden Triangle Municipal Airport in Columbus, Mississippi, mistakenly lands at Starkville Municipal Airport. See "FAA Investigating Errant Landing," Associated Press, November 14, 1980.

July 31, 1979 - A Western Airlines 737, bound for Sheridan, Wyoming, mistakenly lands at Buffalo. See David Bird and Albin Krebs, "Wyoming Town Fondly Remembers a Mistake," New York Times, July 7, 1981. (Buffalo subsequently honored the pilot with a "Lowell Ferguson Days" celebration.)

April 22, 1978 - A Maverick Air aircraft, bound for Tel Aviv, Israel mistakenly lands at Beirut, Lebanon. See "Cargo Pilot Finds Wrong Airport," Washington Post, April 24, 1978.

March 24, 1977 - A Pan Am 707, bound for Las Americas Airport in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, mistakenly lands at San Isidro Air Force Base. See "Wrong Airport," Aviation Week and Space Technology, April 4, 1977.

August 11, 1976 - An Iraqi Airways 747, bound for Orly Airport in Paris, France, mistakenly lands at Le Bourget Airport. See "Right City, Wrong Airport," New York Times, August 12, 1976.

December 4, 1974 - A Frontier Airlines 737, bound for Salt Lake International Airport in Salt Lake City, Utah, mistakenly lands at Salt Lake Airport No. 2. See "Jet Lands at Wrong Field," New York Times, December 4, 1974.

June 10, 1973 - A United Airlines 727, bound for Miami, mistakenly lands at Opa Locka. Link.

September 24, 1972 - A Japan Airlines DC-8, bound for Bombay, India mistakenly lands at Juhu. Link.

Topic: RE: Sky Airlines 737 Lands In A Wrong Airport.
Username: Litz
Posted 2006-08-17 01:13:57 and read 28057 times.

Quoting RoseFlyer (Reply 1):
I remember hearing relatively recently that a Northwest Airlines plane landed at Ellsworth Air Force Base (I think) instead of Rapid City South Dakota, which is only a few miles away. The US though is not going to arrest passengers though like the Russians would. If I remember correctly, they had to shut their window shades and wait for another Northwest crew to get them to their proper destination.

I heard (through hearsay, so obligatory grain of salt required) that at shutdown, the pilot turned to the copilot and said "Your airplane, I just retired" ...

I'm sure the air force was less then amused.

Didn't someone do something similar at an airfield in Florida, as well?

- litz

Topic: RE: Sky Airlines 737 Lands In A Wrong Airport.
Username: TPAnx
Posted 2006-08-17 02:40:54 and read 27907 times.

Quoting Travatl (Reply 5):
A Delta Air Lines 727, bound for Tampa, Florida, mistakenly lands at MacDill Air Force Base. See Tom Zucco, "The Official Tampa Bay Map of the Weird," St. Petersburg Times, October 18, 1991.

Happened about a year before I moved down here. MacDill lies on the approach to TPA from the south...but the runway alignment is very different. Great post!!
TPAnx

[Edited 2006-08-17 02:41:47]

Topic: RE: Sky Airlines 737 Lands In A Wrong Airport.
Username: Aviateur
Posted 2006-08-17 02:57:23 and read 27866 times.

Outstanding job by Travatl!

Meanwhile, if y'all are innerested, here's an article I published some time ago on this strange topic...

Landing at the wrong airport:
http://www.salon.com/tech/col/smith/...004/07/02/askthepilot92/index.html


PS
Boston

www.askthepilot.com

Topic: RE: Sky Airlines 737 Lands In A Wrong Airport.
Username: HT
Posted 2006-08-17 06:53:29 and read 27711 times.

I'm still dreaming that sometime I'll be on a plane that erroneously lands at ETNW (GAF Wunstorf) instead of HAJ which is 11 mi to the east.
That way I would be able to walk home on foot ... Big grin

In the 1970's aborted approaches of civil airliners into ETNW were not too uncommon. I vivdly recall a BX CV-880 chipping in full power over my garden when they realized that they were on approach into the wrong airport 1 miles before touchdown.

For some of these instances in which airliners from the former Warsaw pact were involved, it is widely speculated that these "wrong approaches" were done deliberately ...

The 3 circles in the picture show the locations (sorry for the blurry middle of the pic):
From right to left:
- HAJ
- ETNW (GAF Wunstorf)
- home


-HT

Topic: RE: Sky Airlines 737 Lands In A Wrong Airport.
Username: OPNLguy
Posted 2006-08-17 07:02:43 and read 27697 times.

Quoting Asturias (Reply 4):
Or was it perhaps not a Nordic pilot who landed at the wrong airport!??

Actually, he didn't. He flew the flight as planned, and as filed with ATC. The person who planned/filed the flight to the wrong airports was the one with the fat fingers...  Wink

Topic: RE: Sky Airlines 737 Lands In A Wrong Airport.
Username: Fixman88
Posted 2006-08-17 08:12:56 and read 27632 times.

I have a Garmin eTrex Legend GPS receiver in the glove box of my car that can place me anywhere on the surface of the Earth within 10 FEET (WAAS enabled). So how can a jetliner with all of its' sophisticated navigation equipment land at the wrong airport? :-0

Topic: RE: Sky Airlines 737 Lands In A Wrong Airport.
Username: Yellowstone
Posted 2006-08-17 09:03:59 and read 27561 times.

Maybe they ought to paint the airport code in big white letters on the runway, right below the runway number. Though I'm pretty sure the USAF wouldn't take too kindly to pilots buzzing their runways to check where they are.

Topic: RE: Sky Airlines 737 Lands In A Wrong Airport.
Username: PipoA380
Posted 2006-08-17 11:13:27 and read 27106 times.

How is it even possible that pilots that set all their navigation on a specific airport can still land somewhere else by mistake?

They know the axis of the runway, and they can see that it's not the same! And how about ILS approach, it'll be all wrong? The only thing I can think of is a visual approach where the pilots would mistake the 2 airports.

Regards
Philippe

Topic: RE: Sky Airlines 737 Lands In A Wrong Airport.
Username: Leothedog
Posted 2006-08-17 11:13:51 and read 27106 times.

Quoting Travatl (Reply 5):
It's not uncommon:

Travatl, please tell me you did a "cut and paste" and did not type in all the wrong airport landings you posted. LOL

Topic: RE: Sky Airlines 737 Lands In A Wrong Airport.
Username: OHLHD
Posted 2006-08-17 11:28:52 and read 26970 times.

Quoting Kuba74 (Thread starter):
Sky Airlines

So this airline is now on my " no-fly-list"

Quoting Asturias (Reply 4):
Or was it perhaps not a Nordic pilot who landed at the wrong airport!??

This was certanly not the pilot´s error!

Topic: RE: Sky Airlines 737 Lands In A Wrong Airport.
Username: Kuba74
Posted 2006-08-17 13:03:05 and read 26223 times.

The biggest Polish daily newspaper "Rzeczpospolita" wrote today that this incident has been caused by Turkish female pilot poor English.
Link (in Polish only) http://www.rzeczpospolita.pl/News/1,10,35155.html#35155
It has been also said that at 1 AM the aircraft finally left the military air base and flown to its right destination- Lawica. Since the distance between these two airports is just 14 kilometers it must have been world's shortest flight  Wink.

Topic: RE: Sky Airlines 737 Lands In A Wrong Airport.
Username: TinkerBelle
Posted 2006-08-17 13:21:59 and read 26042 times.

On June 19, 2004, a Northwest Airlines A319, bound for Rapid City, South Dakota, mistakenly landed at nearby Ellsworth Air Force Base. Although this incident received extensive media coverage, aviators have been landing aircraft at wrong airports since at least Douglas "Wrong Way" Corrigan flew to Ireland instead of California (although his flight is widely regarded to have been an intentional stunt).
Despite the tremendous advances in navigational technology since 1938, such incidents continue to occur - most often when two airfields are located in close proximity, and a pilot relies on what he sees out the cockpit window rather than his instruments and charts (although air traffic control sometimes shares at least some of the blame).

This website briefly summarizes previous "wrong way" landings by commercial airliners, not including deliberate/emergency landings; landings on the wrong runway at the correct airport; and approaches aborted before the wheels touched the runway - the latter two of which, at least, would markedly increase the length of the list! (For example, two relatively well-known incidents of aborted approaches are an Air Canada A319, which on August 23, 2003 aborted an approach to Vernon instead of Kelowna, British Columbia, and a British Airways 757, which on September 18, 2000 aborted an approach to wrong airport in Tonsberg, Norway.)

To the best of my knowledge, there is no single source for this information, but such incidents often receive at least brief mention in the media, and some are entered into the NTSB accident database. When possible, I have provided a link to an online account of each incident. Additions and corrections are always appreciated.





August 16, 2006 - A Turkish Sky Airlines 737 bound for Poznan, Poland mistakenly lands at Krzesiny, a military airfield. Link.

March 29, 2006 - A Eirjet A320 bound for Derry, Northern Ireland mistakenly lands at Ballykelly, a military airfield. Link.

December 16, 2005 - A Pakistan International Airlines 737 bound for Karachi, Pakistan mistakenly lands at Faisal, a military airfield. Link.

September 5, 2005 - A Wings Air MD-80 bound for Minangkabau International Airport in Padang, Indonesia mistakenly lands at Tabing Airport, a military airfield. Link.

January 9, 2004 - A Shuttle America Saab 340 bound for University Park Airport in State College, Pennsylvania mistakenly lands at Mid-State Regional Airport in Philipsburg, Pennsylvania. Link.

January 22, 2003 - A Chatauqua Airlines Embraer 145, chartered by the University of Notre Dame basketball team and bound for South Bend, Indiana, mistakenly lands at Elkhart Municipal Airport. See Tom Coyne, "Irish land at wrong airport because of pilot mistake," Associated Press, January 24, 2003.

July 30, 2002 - A LOT Polish Airlines aircraft, bound for Kaliningrad, Russia, mistakenly lands at Chkalovsk, an abandoned military airfield. Link.

June 27, 2001 - A TAM Fokker 100, bound for Teresina, Brazil, mistakenly lands at Timon. See "Brazilian pilot mistakes private airstrip for urban airport," Deutsche Presse-Agentur, June 27, 2001.

March 14, 2001 - A TWA MD-80, bound for Yampa Valley Airport in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, mistakenly lands at Craig-Moffat Airport. Link.

December 8, 2000 - A BAX Global DC-8, bound for Oscoda-Wurtsmith Airport in Oscoda, Michigan, mistakenly lands at Iosco County Airport in East Tawas. Link.

June 17, 2000 - An Air Nova Dash 8, bound for Mont Joli, Quebec, mistakenly lands at Rimouski. See "Pilots land at wrong airport," The Gazette (Montreal, Quebec), June 20, 2000.

June 22, 1999 - An Avensa 727, bound for Latacunga Airport in Ambato, Venezuela, mistakenly lands at Izamva Airport. (According to some reports, the pilot did not complete the landing but did make contact with the ground.) See "Pilot Attempts Wrong Airport Landing," Associated Press, June 24, 1999.

July 16, 1997 - A Continental Express Embraer 120, bound for Lake Charles, Louisiana, mistakenly lands at Southland Field in Carlyss. See T.J. Milling, "A familiar landmark? Another Continental plane sets down at same, wrong airport," Houston Chronicle, July 19, 1997.

June 2, 1997 - A Saudi Arabian Airlines 747, bound for Madras International Airport in Chennai, India, mistakenly lands at Tambaram Air Force Base. Link.

May 11, 1997 - A Continental Airlines 737, bound for Corpus Christi, Texas, mistakenly lands at Cabaniss Field, an abandoned Navy airfield. Link.

March 27, 1997 - A Sun Pacific International Airlines aircraft, chartered by the Arkansas Razorbacks and bound for Fayetteville, Arkansas, mistakenly lands at Springdale. Link.

December 24, 1996 - An Atlas Air 747 bound for Pinal Air Park in Marana, Arizona mistakenly lands at Avra Valley Airport. Link.

October 15, 1996 - A Nations Air 737, bound for Orlando, Florida, mistakenly lands at Sanford Airport. See "Airline's inaugural flight lands at wrong airport in Orlando," Tampa Tribune, October 16, 1996.

October 3, 1996 - A Continental Express aircraft, bound for Lake Charles, Louisiana, mistakenly lands at Southland Field in Carlyss. Link.

October 17, 1995 - An aircraft chartered on behalf of the White House press corps, bound for Kelly Air Force Base in Texas, mistakenly lands at San Antonio International Airport. See "Press plane lands at wrong airport," United Press International, October 17, 1995.

September 5, 1995 - A Northwest Airlines DC-10, bound for Frankfurt, Germany, mistakenly landed in Brussels, Belgium, approximately 200 miles off course. (In this case, air traffic control has been blamed for providing incorrect flight plan data to the pilots.) See Don Phillips, "U.S. Jet Bound for Germany Mistakenly Lands in Belgium," Washington Post, October 1, 1995.

March 21, 1995 - A Great China Airlines Dash-8, bound for Taipei, Taiwan, mistakenly lands at Penghu Island. (In this case, the airline has been blamed for providing incorrect instructions to the pilot.) See "Misinformed Pilot Lands at Wrong Airport," Associated Press, March 22, 1995.

December 21, 1994 - A United Airlines 757, bound for San Juan, Puerto Rico, mistakenly lands at Fernando Ribas Dominicci Airport (a/k/a Isla Grande Airport). Link. See also "FAA Investigating Landing of United 757 at Wrong Airport," Aviation Daily, December 24, 1994.

May 5, 1993 - A Jet Airways 737, bound for Coimbatore, India, mistakenly lands at Sulur Air Force Base. Link. See also "You have arrived at err..." The Advertiser, May 6, 1993.

March 28, 1991 - An Emerald Airlines 727, bound for Central Wisconsin Airport in Mosinee, mistakenly lands at Wausau Municipal Airport. See Robert Imrie, "Pilot, Co-Pilot of 727 That Landed at Wrong Airport Suspended," Associated Press, May 7, 1991.

November 24, 1990 - A Wings West Fairchild Metro, bound for San Luis Obispo, California, mistakenly lands at Santa Maria Airport. See David Dietz, "Bay Airliner's Landing at Wrong City Probed: Plane Missed Destination By 36 Miles," San Francisco Chronicle, November 27, 1990.

November 8, 1990 - A Continental Express ATR-42, bound for Jackson, Mississippi, mistakenly lands at Hawkins Field. See "National Digest," St. Petersburg Times, November 10, 1990.

March 2, 1989 - A Dan Air BAe 748, bound for Aldergrove Airport in Belfast, Northern Ireland, mistakenly lands at Langford Lodge Airport. See "Flight ends at wrong destination," Independent, March 3, 1989.

September 17, 1988 - A Canadian Airlines 737, bound for Cambridge Bay, Northwest Territories, mistakenly lands at Churchill, Manitoba. (According to some reports, the pilots mis-applied the magnetic variation factor from true north necessary for navigation in high latitudes.) See "Canadian jetliner flew 750 miles off course," Miami Herald, September 25, 1988.

January 21, 1988 - A Piedmont Airlines F-28, bound for Wilmington, North Carolina, mistakenly lands at Albert J. Ellis Airport in Jacksonville. See "Piedmont Jet Lands at Jacksonville Instead of Wilmington," Associated Press, January 23, 1988.

July 7, 1987 - A Delta Air Lines 737, bound for Lexington, Kentucky, mistakenly lands at Capital City Airport in Frankfort. Link.

November 3, 1986 - An Air France 727, bound for Eliat, Israel, mistakenly lands at Aqaba Airport in Jordan. See "Sorry, Wrong Airport," Associated Press, November 3, 1986.

February 3, 1986 - A Piedmont Airlines 737, bound for Bush Field in Augusta, Georgia, mistakenly lands at Daniel Field. See "Piedmont Airlines Flight Lands at Wrong Airport in Augusta," Associated Press, February 4, 1986.

1982 - An Aero Airways DC-8, bound for Stewart International Airport in Newburgh, New York, mistakenly lands at Dutchess County Airport. See Edward Hudson, "Jets Mistake Tiny Airport for Another," New York Times, October 13, 1985. (I have not been able to determine the exact date of this incident, but the report appears to be reliable.)

October 23, 1980 - A Republic Airlines Convair 580 bound for Golden Triangle Municipal Airport in Columbus, Mississippi, mistakenly lands at Columbus-Lowndes County Airport. See "FAA Investigating Errant Landing," Associated Press, November 14, 1980.

July 14, 1980 - A Delta Air Lines 727, bound for Miami, mistakenly lands at Fort Lauderdale. (In this case, air traffic control has been blamed for providing incorrect flight plan data to the pilots.) See "Controller Reprimanded in Wrong Airport Landing," Associated Press, July 25, 1980.

June 20, 1980 - A Delta Air Lines 727, bound for Tampa, Florida, mistakenly lands at MacDill Air Force Base. See Tom Zucco, "The Official Tampa Bay Map of the Weird," St. Petersburg Times, October 18, 1991.

March 1, 1980 - A Republic Airlines DC-9 bound for Golden Triangle Municipal Airport in Columbus, Mississippi, mistakenly lands at Starkville Municipal Airport. See "FAA Investigating Errant Landing," Associated Press, November 14, 1980.

July 31, 1979 - A Western Airlines 737, bound for Sheridan, Wyoming, mistakenly lands at Buffalo. See David Bird and Albin Krebs, "Wyoming Town Fondly Remembers a Mistake," New York Times, July 7, 1981. (Buffalo subsequently honored the pilot with a "Lowell Ferguson Days" celebration.)

April 22, 1978 - A Maverick Air aircraft, bound for Tel Aviv, Israel mistakenly lands at Beirut, Lebanon. See "Cargo Pilot Finds Wrong Airport," Washington Post, April 24, 1978.

March 24, 1977 - A Pan Am 707, bound for Las Americas Airport in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, mistakenly lands at San Isidro Air Force Base. See "Wrong Airport," Aviation Week and Space Technology, April 4, 1977.

August 11, 1976 - An Iraqi Airways 747, bound for Orly Airport in Paris, France, mistakenly lands at Le Bourget Airport. See "Right City, Wrong Airport," New York Times, August 12, 1976.

December 4, 1974 - A Frontier Airlines 737, bound for Salt Lake International Airport in Salt Lake City, Utah, mistakenly lands at Salt Lake Airport No. 2. See "Jet Lands at Wrong Field," New York Times, December 4, 1974.

June 10, 1973 - A United Airlines 727, bound for Miami, mistakenly lands at Opa Locka. Link.

September 24, 1972 - A Japan Airlines DC-8, bound for Bombay, India mistakenly lands at Juhu. Link.

July 4, 1967 - A TWA 707, bound for Columbus, Ohio, mistakenly lands at Don Scott Field at Ohio State University. Link. See also Bob Thomas, "Columbus Recollections: From Stunt to Kangaroo, Aviation Has Rich History," Columbus Dispatch, January 5, 1997.

May 31, 1967 - A Spantax CV990, bound bound for Hamburg Fuhlsbuttel Airport, mistakenly lands at Hamburg Finkenwerder Airport. See "Personalien Rodolfo Bay Wright," Sueddeutsche Zeitung (October 4, 2000).

May 2, 1966 - A LOT Polish Airlines aircraft, bound for Linate Airport in Milan, Italy, mistakenly lands at Malpensa Airport. See "Airliner Lands at Wrong Field," New York Times, May 3, 1966.

August 12, 1962 - A United Airlines DC-8, bound for Portland, Oregon, mistakenly lands at Troutdale. See "Jet Lands on Short Runway at Wrong Oregon Airport," New York Times, August 13, 1962.

October 25, 1960 - A Pan Am 707, bound for Heathrow Airport in London, England, mistakenly lands at RAF Northolt. See "Taxis fit for war veterans," Daily Mail, January 18, 1995.

July 27, 1960 - A Pan Am 707, bound for Dorval Airport in Montreal, Quebec, mistakenly lands at Cartierville. See "Jet Lands Safely at Wrong Airport," New York Times, July 28, 1960.

March 3, 1960 - A Capital Airlines DC-3, bound for Willow Run Airport in Detroit, Michigan, mistakenly lands at Muskegon County Airport. See "F.A.A. Suspends Pilot," New York Times, March 4, 1960.

July 15, 1953 - A BOAC Comet, bound for Santa Cruz Airport in Bombay, India, mistakenly lands at Juhu. See "British Comet Off Safely From Small Bombay Field," New York Times, July 25, 1953.

March 25, 1950 - A Greek four-engined aircraft, bound for Northolt Airport in London, England, mistakenly lands at Hendon Field. See "Perfect Landing, Wrong Airport," New York Times, March 25, 1950. (The aircraft may have been a C-47 operated by Hellenic Airlines, but I have not been able to confirm this information.)



Many additional "wrong way" incidents have occurred, but I have not been able to locate sufficient information to include them in the list above; any further details about the following, or other incidents, would be appreciated:



September 2002? - A cargo Fairchild SA-226, bound for Anderson Municipal Airport in Anderson, Indiana, mistakenly lands at Muncie. (A report of this incident is included in the FAA/NASA Aviation Safety Reporting System (#562004).)

September 2001? - An ATR-72, bound for Hewanorra Airport on the island of St. Lucia, mistakenly lands at Castries Airport. (A report of this incident is included in the FAA/NASA Aviation Safety Reporting System (#524023).)

July 2000? - A cargo 727, bound for Nashville, Tennessee, mistakenly lands at Smyrna. (A report of this incident is included in the FAA/NASA Aviation Safety Reporting System (#478990).)

2000s? A TAM aircraft lands at the wrong airport in Brazil. (The report of the June 27, 2001 TAM incident listed above asserts that two similar incidents had occurred in the preceding year.)

October 1999? - An Embraer 120, bound for Gulfport-Biloxi Regional Airport in Gulfport, Mississippi, mistakenly lands at Lowndes County Airport. (A report of this incident is included in the FAA/NASA Aviation Safety Reporting System (#451009).)

July 1999? - An L1011, bound for Prince Sultan Air Force Base in Saudi Arabia, mistakenly lands at King Faisal Air Academy. (Reports of this incident are included in the FAA/NASA Aviation Safety Reporting System (#443917 and #443003).)

March 1999? - A 727, bound for Central Wisconsin Airport in Mosinee, mistakenly lands at Stevens Point Airport. (A report of this incident is included in the FAA/NASA Aviation Safety Reporting System (#431156).)

November 1998? - A BAe 31, bound for Barkley Regional Airport in Paducah, Kentucky, mistakenly lands at Metropolis Municipal Airport in Metropolis, Illinois. (A report of this incident is included in the FAA/NASA Aviation Safety Reporting System (#421371).)

October 1998? - A Fairchild SA-227, bound for Baxter City Regional Airport in Mountain Home, Arkansas, mistakenly lands at Flippin Marion Airport. (A report of this incident is included in the FAA/NASA Aviation Safety Reporting System (#417456).)

June 1998? - A cargo aircraft, bound for Appleton, Wisconsin, mistakenly lands at Oshkosh. (A report of this incident is included in the FAA/NASA Aviation Safety Reporting System (#406718). The aircraft may have been operated by Federal Express, but I have not been able to confirm this information.)

January 1997? - An Embraer 121, bound for Gulfport-Biloxi Regional Airport in Gulfport, Mississippi, mistakenly lands at the wrong airport. (A report of this incident is included in the FAA/NASA Aviation Safety Reporting System (#358608).)

December 1993? - An aircraft bound for Las Americas Airport in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic mistakenly lands at the wrong airport. (A report of this incident is included in the FAA/NASA Aviation Safety Reporting System (#259037).)

August 1992? - An aircraft bound for Jacksonville, Florida mistakenly lands at Hunter Air Force Base. (A report of this incident is included in the FAA/NASA Aviation Safety Reporting System (#218661).)

April 1992? - An aircraft bound for Joplin, Missouri mistakenly lands at the wrong airport. (A report of this incident is included in the FAA/NASA Aviation Safety Reporting System (#206906).)

February 1992? - A cargo aircraft, bound for Deadhorse, Alaska, mistakenly lands at the wrong airport. (A report of this incident is included in the FAA/NASA Aviation Safety Reporting System (#203020). The report also suggests that it was not the first such incident at Deadhorse.)

December 1991? - An aircraft bound for San Juan, Puerto Rico mistakenly lands at Fernando Ribas Dominicci Airport (a/k/a Isla Grande Airport). (A report of this incident is included in the FAA/NASA Aviation Safety Reporting System (#197415).)

November 1990? - An aircraft bound for Golden Triangle Municipal Airport in Columbus, Mississippi mistakenly lands at the wrong airport. (A report of this incident is included in the FAA/NASA Aviation Safety Reporting System (#164148).)

June 1990? - An aircraft bound for Las Americas Airport in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic mistakenly lands at San Isidro Air Force Base. (A report of this incident is included in the FAA/NASA Aviation Safety Reporting System (#149634).)

May 1990? - An aircraft bound for Farmington Municipal Airport in Farmington, New Mexico mistakenly lands at Aztec Municipal Airport. (A report of this incident is included in the FAA/NASA Aviation Safety Reporting System (#144687).)

April 1990? - An aircraft bound for Golden Triangle Municipal Airport in Columbus, Mississippi mistakenly lands at George M. Bryan Airport. (A report of this incident is included in the FAA/NASA Aviation Safety Reporting System (#143980).)

April 1990? - An aircraft bound for Cancun, Mexico mistakenly lands at Cozumel. (A report of this incident is included in the FAA/NASA Aviation Safety Reporting System (#137211).)

February 1990? - An aircraft bound for Golden Triangle Municipal Airport in Columbus, Mississippi mistakenly lands at George M. Bryan Airport. (A report of this incident is included in the FAA/NASA Aviation Safety Reporting System (#143980).)

1990s? - A United Airlines 727 lands at Council Bluffs, Iowa instead of Omaha, Nebraska.

1990s? - An American Airlines MD-80 lands at a military airfield instead of Omaha, Nebraska.

August 1988 - An aircraft bound for Golden Triangle Municipal Airport in Columbus, Mississippi mistakenly lands at McCharen Field. (A report of this incident is included in the FAA/NASA Aviation Safety Reporting System (#91886).)

July 1988 - An aircraft bound for Golden Triangle Municipal Airport in Columbus, Mississippi, mistakenly lands at George M. Bryan Airport. (A report of this incident is included in the FAA/NASA Aviation Safety Reporting System (#90608).)

July 1988? - A commuter aircraft lands at the wrong airport in Columbus, Ohio. (For a vague report of this incident, see David Dietz, "Short-Haul Pilots Say They Get Worn Out," San Francisco Chronicle, April 9, 1990. I note that a similar incident occurred in Columbus, Mississippi that same month, as listed above.)

May 1988? - An aircraft bound for Rocky Mountain-Wilson Regional Airport in Rocky Mount, North Carolina mistakenly lands at Wilson Industrial Air Center Airport. (A report of this incident is included in the FAA/NASA Aviation Safety Reporting System (#86869).)

January 1988? - An aircraft bound for San Luis Obispo, California mistakenly lands at Santa Maria Airport. (A report of this incident is included in the FAA/NASA Aviation Safety Reporting System (#80010).)

January 1988? - An aircraft bound for Fayetteville, Arkansas mistakenly lands at Springfield Municipal Airport. (A report of this incident is included in the FAA/NASA Aviation Safety Reporting System (#81126).)

January 1986? - A Wings West aircraft lands at the wrong airport in Atwater, California. (For a vague report of this incident, see Jonathan Dahl, "Exotic flights: The plummeting dog and other strange tales of commuter airlines," St. Petersburg Times, August 7, 1986.

1984? - An Eastern Air Lines 727, bound for Tampa, Florida, mistakenly lands at MacDill Air Force Base. Link. (Although the St. Petersburg Times has referred to this incident, I have not located any reports that confirm it, and I note that a similar incident occurred on June 20, 1980, as listed above.)

1980s? - A TWA aircraft lands at Boeing Field instead of Seattle, Washington.

1980s? - A Philippine Airlines aircraft lands at military airfield instead of Karachi, Pakistan.

1980s? - A United Air Lines 747 lands at Wellington, New Zealand instead of Christchurch.

1970s? - An Ozark Airlines FH-227 lands at Dixon instead of Whiteside County Airport, Rock Falls, Illinois.

1970s? - An Eastern Air Lines DC-8 lands at Opa Locka instead of Miami, Florida.

1960s? - A Allegheny Airlines aircraft lands at wrong airport in upstate New York.



Finally, although the following incidents do not strictly fit within the scope of this web page, they serve as examples of the many other "wrong way" incidents that have occurred:



August 8, 2006 - A Nordic Airways MD-80, chartered to operate a Spanair flight ro Santiago, is provided incorrect instructions and instead fllies to Sevilla, approximately 400 miles off course. Link.

July 20, 2004 - A U.S. Air Force B-52, bound for Farnborough, England to perform a low pass at an air show, instead performs the low pass at Blackbushe. Link.

May 5, 1997 - A Cyprus Airways aircraft, bound for Larnaca, Cyprus, lands at Paphos. (The pilot, reported to have been working strictly to rule, stated that the landing was necessary to avoid exceeding the total working hours allowed by international regulations.) See "Government blasts pilots union for working to rule," Associated Press, May 7, 1997.

April 2, 1997 - A private aircraft, bound for Guatemala City, Guatemala, mistakenly lands at a military airfield in San Jose. (The aircraft was transporting United Nations Secretary General Butros Butros-Ghali.) See "U.N. chief lands at wrong airport," The Gazette (Montreal, Quebec), April 3, 1997.

March 5, 1997 - A private aircraft, bound for Amicus, Georgia, mistakenly lands at Peachtree-Dekalb Airport in Atlanta. (The aircraft was transporting Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat. In this case, air traffic control has been blamed for providing incorrect flight plan data to the pilots.) See "Arafat's plane lands at wrong airport," United Press International, March 6, 1997.

May 10, 1976 - A private aircraft, bound for Hopkins Airport in Cleveland, Ohio, mistakenly lands at Burke Lakefront Airport. (The aircraft was transporting Paul McCartney and Wings to a show at the Coliseum.) See "Memorable Moments: A Quick Look Back at Cleveland History Shows the Events and People Who helped Make This City a Happening Place," Plain Dealer, August 27, 1995.

1969 - A Seaboard World Airways DC-8, operating a military charter flight, bound for Da Nang, Vietnam, mistakenly lands at Marble Mountain Air Facility. Link.

December 18, 1953 - A U.S. Air Force B-29, bound for Hill Air Force Base in Utah, mistakenly lands at Ogden Municipal Airport. (One of the eight members of the crew was killed; this is the only "wrong way" fatality that I have confirmed.) See "B-29 Crashes in Smog," New York Times, December 19, 1953.

March 31, 1952 - A private aircraft, bound for Teterboro Airport in New Jersey, mistakenly lands at Newark Airport. (The aircraft was piloted by Merrill C. Meigs, who was at that time a consultant to the Civil Aeronautics Administration, and was the namesake of now-closed Meigs Field in Chicago, Illinois.) See "Newark Has Air Visitor," New York Times, April 1, 1952.

April 12, 1935 - The dirigible Graf Zeppelin, bound for an airdrome in Pernambuco, Brazil, mistakenly lands in a football field. See "Airship Is Damaged: Lands in Wrong Field," New York Times, April 13, 1935.

Topic: RE: Sky Airlines 737 Lands In A Wrong Airport.
Username: Danny
Posted 2006-08-17 13:27:30 and read 25997 times.

Quoting PipoA380 (Reply 13):
How is it even possible that pilots that set all their navigation on a specific airport can still land somewhere else by mistake?

They know the axis of the runway, and they can see that it's not the same! And how about ILS approach, it'll be all wrong? The only thing I can think of is a visual approach where the pilots would mistake the 2 airports.

Both airports are close and Krzesiny base has runaway 30 while Lawica has runaway 29 so they can be confused especially if you are not familiar with the area, not good in english and make visual approach at dusk.

Obviously this is not an excuse for the pilots who should have requested to make ILS approach if unsure how to proceed. In addition there is a warning on approach charts for EPPO not to confuse the two airports.

Topic: RE: Sky Airlines 737 Lands In A Wrong Airport.
Username: USADreamliner
Posted 2006-08-17 14:18:09 and read 25542 times.

How this things happen?
They don't receive any information from the Control tower, both the airport and the military base?


usadreamliner

Topic: RE: Sky Airlines 737 Lands In A Wrong Airport.
Username: USADreamliner
Posted 2006-08-17 14:18:55 and read 25542 times.

How this things happen?
They don't receive any information from the Control tower, from both the airport and the military base?


usadreamliner

Topic: RE: Sky Airlines 737 Lands In A Wrong Airport.
Username: WildcatYXU
Posted 2006-08-17 15:25:29 and read 24892 times.

Quoting Yellowstone (Reply 12):
Maybe they ought to paint the airport code in big white letters on the runway, right below the runway number.

In the commie era, eastern block military or combined use airfields used to have a beacon within 1000 metres (I guess) of the threshold, flashing the airport's code in Morse code. They used to have approach radio beacons too, again transmitting the airport's code in Morse code.
I don't know if they still have them.

Topic: RE: Sky Airlines 737 Lands In A Wrong Airport.
Username: Archer
Posted 2006-08-17 15:41:48 and read 24752 times.

It's not difficult(obviously) to land at the wrong airport. Airline pilots are much less prone
to doing it since there are two or more looking out the windows. It is very rare as a percent
of total flights. As a private pilot and before GPS made it much less likely, it is easy to
mistake two similar sized airports near each other. Most of us have probably done it or almost
have done it.
I live near Albany NY and many times over 25 years I have heard the controllers identify
Schenectady(KSCH) to airline pilots who may have been setting up for SCH. Today with
GPS etc. it probably is much less likely. SCH is app. 15 miles due west of ALB. Most
major carrier traffic comes from the west (AA,NW,UA and some DL).

Topic: RE: Sky Airlines 737 Lands In A Wrong Airport.
Username: OPNLguy
Posted 2006-08-17 16:23:20 and read 24353 times.

Quoting PipoA380 (Reply 13):
The only thing I can think of is a visual approach where the pilots would mistake the 2 airports.

Correct. More often than not, a visual approach + misidentifying the airport + not noticing any differences in headings and navaids = landing at the wrong airport...

Topic: RE: Sky Airlines 737 Lands In A Wrong Airport.
Username: FlySSC
Posted 2006-08-17 18:20:51 and read 23200 times.

Quoting Travatl (Reply 5):
November 3, 1986 - An Air France 727, bound for Eliat, Israel, mistakenly lands at Aqaba Airport in Jordan. See "Sorry, Wrong Airport," Associated Press, November 3, 1986

That was not a B727 but a B707, operated by "Air Charter", not Air France.

In the early 90s, an Egyptair B743 almost landed at the Brétigny-Sur-Orge Air Force Base, south of Paris, instead of ORY.
The Crew, realising its mistake, initiated a go-around right after the main gear touched the Runway.

Topic: RE: Sky Airlines 737 Lands In A Wrong Airport.
Username: Pilotaydin
Posted 2006-08-17 18:31:28 and read 23057 times.

Quoting RoseFlyer (Reply 1):
That pilot certainly will be in a lot of trouble if not fired

well my friend...if you lived and worked in Turkey...you would see that unfortunately that is NEVER going to happen...

at Turkish Airlines we don't accept visual appraoches unless we have an outstanding situation that requires a shortcut...

Topic: RE: Sky Airlines 737 Lands In A Wrong Airport.
Username: TurkishAviator
Posted 2006-08-17 20:28:53 and read 21976 times.

About 6 months ago another female pilot working for MNG airlines landed on a wrong runway. I believe she was forced to resign from MNG airlines; I wonder if it is the same female pilot? Does anyone have access to information about crew?

Topic: RE: Sky Airlines 737 Lands In A Wrong Airport.
Username: Kuba74
Posted 2006-08-17 20:52:20 and read 21763 times.

Quoting TurkishAviator (Reply 26):
Does anyone have access to information about crew?

It has been only revealed that she was the F/O on that flight

Kuba

Topic: RE: Sky Airlines 737 Lands In A Wrong Airport.
Username: Firiko
Posted 2006-08-17 22:48:56 and read 20775 times.

Quoting Kuba74 (Reply 27):
Does anyone have access to information about crew?

Her name is Burcin Acikgoz. If my memory servers me right I believe she used to work for Mng and before that she was a sales assistant at the airport duty free shop where she decided she wanted to be a pilot .I remember reading an article about her and thinking wow that's a success story.

According to Sky Airlines managment, The two runways are only 7 miles apart and it is one after another.They are both called 2/9 The pilots spot the correct runway to begin with but at the very last minute they are ordered to make right turn and just after the turn tower gives "clear land" command. Something they do to confirm the landing. The managment also says the only mistake the pilots made were not to double check which in a way says her job is safe.

Topic: RE: Sky Airlines 737 Lands In A Wrong Airport.
Username: Danny
Posted 2006-08-17 23:00:26 and read 20633 times.

Quoting Firiko (Reply 28):
According to Sky Airlines managment, The two runways are only 7 miles apart and it is one after another.They are both called 2/9 The pilots spot the correct runway to begin with but at the very last minute they are ordered to make right turn and just after the turn tower gives "clear land" command. Something they do to confirm the landing. The

They should look at approach charts before realeasing such a nonsense statement. Was it so difficult to tune 110.3 ILS frequency?
Imho if management is behind those pilots this airline should be placed at EU no fly list.

Topic: RE: Sky Airlines 737 Lands In A Wrong Airport.
Username: TurkishAviator
Posted 2006-08-17 23:03:24 and read 20620 times.

Quoting Firiko (Reply 28):
Her name is Burcin Acikgoz. If my memory servers me right I believe she used to work for Mng and before that she was a sales assistant at the airport duty free shop where she decided she wanted to be a pilot .I remember reading an article about her and thinking wow that's a success story.

Nope you are confusing her with someone else. I know the one who used worked at DF shops, and her name is not the one mentioned above.

Topic: RE: Sky Airlines 737 Lands In A Wrong Airport.
Username: UIOflyer
Posted 2006-08-17 23:13:54 and read 20588 times.

Great work Travatl, an interesting list. The June 22, 1999 errant landing by the Avensa 727 was actually at the Ambato, Ecuador airport. The flight was to have gone to the Latacunga airport. This happened when UIO's runway was being resurfaced. I remember well the day it happened as it was all over the Ecuadorian radio and TV. Avensa was a Venezuelan airline.

Topic: RE: Sky Airlines 737 Lands In A Wrong Airport.
Username: Travatl
Posted 2006-08-18 02:41:11 and read 20417 times.

Here's an interesting first hand report from the captain of a flight that was headed to my hometown airport Farmington, AND Mount Cook Airlines (New Zealand)">NM (FMN), but landed up the road at Aztec, AND Mount Cook Airlines (New Zealand)">NM. Shows you how it can happen - but this guy really screwed up... he TOOK OFF AGAIN, and proceeded up the road to FMN.

If I remember correctly it was either a Continental Express ATR, or a United Express CV580....

NARRATIVE

THE PROB AROSE ON OUR APCH DSNT TO FMN. APPROX 35 NE PASSING THROUGH 14500' MSL I HELPED THE F/O SEE THE ARPT. CONTRIBUTING FACTORS WERE LARGE SHADOWS OVER THE GND CAST NEW: Thomsonfly (United Kingdom)">BY LARGE CUMULUS CLOUDS. THE ARPT I SPOTTED WAS NOT FMN, BUT AZTEC ARPT JUST 6.5 MI NE OF FMN. AND Irtysh-Avia (Kazakhstan)">IT LOOKED ALMOST EXACTLY LIKE FMN, BOTH ON A PLATEAU, RWYS TO THE W/E, NE/SW AND BLDGS ON THE S END SIDE. THE PF WSA)">AS THE F/O, WHO SA) and Eagle Air/Arnaflug (Iceland)">IS UNFAMILIAR TO FMN, AND SA) and Rheintalflug (Austria)">WE WERE BOTH UNFAMILIAR WITH AZTEC ARPT AND ITS LOCATION. SA) and Rheintalflug (Austria)">WE CANCELLED IFR AND CONTACTED FMN TWR, REQUESTING A STRAIGHT AT Macedonian Airlines (Greece)">IN APCH TO RWY 25, AND SA) and Rheintalflug (Austria)">WE WERE CLRED TO LAND RWY 25. SA) and Rheintalflug (Austria)">WE WERE NOT AT Macedonian Airlines (Greece)">IN SIGHT NEW: Thomsonfly (United Kingdom)">BY FMN TWR. SA) and Rheintalflug (Austria)">WE DID THE AT Macedonian Airlines (Greece)">IN-RANGE CHKLIST, AND SA) and Rheintalflug (Austria)">WE BRIEFED THE ILS RWY 25 APCH TO FMN PLANNING ON FIRST DSNDING TO 9700' UNTIL 10.0 DME, THEN DOWN TO 7500' WHEN ESTABLISHED ON THE ILS. I TOLD THE F/O TO INTERCEPT THE ILS E OF FMN VOR AND USE THE ILS FOR OUR APCH. I KEPT MY NAV RADIO ON THE VOR AND THE F/O SWITCHED HIS TO THE ILS FREQ. AND Irtysh-Avia (Kazakhstan)">IT WSA)">AS MY PERCEPTION THAT HE WSA)">AS DOING SA)">AS SA) and Rheintalflug (Austria)">WE PLANNED AND ALTHOUGH I WAS DOING OTHER DUTIES (PAX BRIEFING, COMPANY COMS, ETC) I DO REMEMBER ASKING HIM TWICE TO INTERCEPT THE ILS E OF THE VOR, BUT I DID NOT SAY 10 DME E. THE F/O WAS DSNDING RAPIDLY AND AT 4 AND Mount Cook Airlines (New Zealand)">NM PER MIN. HE WSA)">AS FOCUSED ON AZTEC ARPT, NOT ON INTERCEPTING THE ILS SA)">AS I EXPECTED AND ASSUMED THAT HE WOULD. I SHOULD HAVE REALIZED WHAT HE WSA)">AS DOING AND MADE HIM DO WHAT SA) and Rheintalflug (Austria)">WE PLANNED. AND Irtysh-Avia (Kazakhstan)">IT WSA)">AS OUR FIRST FLT TOGETHER, SA)">AS WELL SA)">AS OUR FIRST FLT OF OUR 2 DAY TRIP TOGETHER. WHEN THE F/O CALLED FOR FLAPS TKOF I LOOKED AT MY VOR NEEDLE WHICH WAS MOVING SLOWLY TO THE LEFT SA)">AS THOUGH SA) and Rheintalflug (Austria)">WE WERE GOING NEW: Thomsonfly (United Kingdom)">BY AND Irtysh-Avia (Kazakhstan)">IT BUT I DID NOT CONFIRM THE DISTANCE. I DID LOOK UP AND SAW THE ARPT, GAVE HIM TKOF FLAPS AND SWITCHED TO THE ILS TO FOLLOW THE F/O ON THE ILS. BUT WHAT I SAW WAS THE NEEDLE FULL DEFLECTION TO THE LEFT. I CALLED THAT TO THE F/O AND SAW HIS WAS THE SAME. HE THEN CALLED FOR GEAR HORN BUTTON, FLAPS APCH, BEFORE LNDG CHKLIST WHICH I DID, BECAUSE THE ARPT WAS AT Macedonian Airlines (Greece)">IN SIGHT. I ASKED FMN TWR IF THE ILS WAS OPERATIONAL AND THEY CONFIRMED THAT AND Irtysh-Avia (Kazakhstan)">IT WSA)">AS, AND AGAIN CLRED US TO LAND. THEY DID NOT SAY THAT SA) and Rheintalflug (Austria)">WE WERE AT Macedonian Airlines (Greece)">IN SIGHT, NOR DID I ASK. SA) and Rheintalflug (Austria)">WE LANDED AND IMMEDIATELY REALIZED THAT SA) and Rheintalflug (Austria)">WE LANDED ON THE WRONG ARPT. I TRIED TO CONTACT FMN TWR AND COMPANY BUT UNABLE. AZTEC ARPT WAS VIRTUALLY W/O ANY FACS, PHONE, ETC. SA) and Rheintalflug (Austria)">WE TAXIED BACK TO RWY 26 TO DEPART BECAUSE I FELT THAT AND Irtysh-Avia (Kazakhstan)">IT WOULD CREATE MORE OF A PROB TO SHUTDOWN AND FOR COMPANY TO LOCATE US. AND Irtysh-Avia (Kazakhstan)">IT WSA)">AS A WRONG DECISION--I COMPLETELY FORGOT ABOUT HAVING TO HAVE A NEW RELEASE FROM SYS CTL AT Macedonian Airlines (Greece)">IN HOUSTON. I CHKED ALL PERFORMANCE, CHARTS, WT AND BAL AND WAS SAFE AT Macedonian Airlines (Greece)">IN THAT RESPECT. I SHOULD HAVE FLOWN THE LEG AND AM CONVINCED THE INCIDENT WOULDN'T HAVE HAPPENED. I MADE MORE THAN 1 WRONG DECISION, AND FAILED TO ACT AT THE APPROPRIATE TIME BECAUSE I WANTED TO BELIEVE THAT AZTEC ARPT WAS FMN. I ALSO WANTED TO RIGHT A WRONG AND ACTED HASTILY AT Macedonian Airlines (Greece)">IN MY DECISION TO DEPART AZTEC ARPT FOR FMN W/O A COMPANY RELEASE. CALLBACK CONVERSATION WITH RPTR REVEALED THE FOLLOWING: RPTR SAID THAT THERE HAS BEEN NO PUNITIVE ACTION NEW: Thomsonfly (United Kingdom)">BY THE FAA, BUT AFTER FAILING CHKRIDES AT Macedonian Airlines (Greece)">IN THE WAKE OF RETRAINING WITH HIS COMPANY, HE RESIGNED AND SA) and Eagle Air/Arnaflug (Iceland)">IS NOW LOOKING FOR ANOTHER JOB. HE TAKES FULL RESPONSIBILITY FOR HIS ERRORS, BUT ALSO COMPLAINS OF THE STRAIN THE COMPANY'S CAPT ARE UNDER DUE TO THE HIGH VOL OF F/O NEW HIRES THAT THEY ARE REQUIRED TO TRAIN ON THE JOB.


Yeah, it's written in pilot speak, but you can figure it out fairly easily.

- Travis


EDIT: OOOH THAT AUTO "PERCEIVED ACRONYM REWRITE" IS SO INFURIATING... HOW DO I DISABLE IT, SO YOU CAN ACTUALLY READ THE POST?

[Edited 2006-08-18 02:45:39]

Topic: RE: Sky Airlines 737 Lands In A Wrong Airport.
Username: Emrecan
Posted 2006-08-19 08:45:38 and read 19966 times.

On this landing, Polish tower is found guilty. Sky Airlines is planning to sue them.

Also this wrong landing is the 3rd time in last 2 months. Before Sky Airlines, one Russian and one German airline landed on a wrong airport.

[Edited 2006-08-19 08:47:44]

Topic: RE: Sky Airlines 737 Lands In A Wrong Airport.
Username: Danny
Posted 2006-08-19 09:16:55 and read 19949 times.

Quoting Emrecan (Reply 33):
On this landing, Polish tower is found guilty. Sky Airlines is planning to sue them.

Also this wrong landing is the 3rd time in last 2 months. Before Sky Airlines, one Russian and one German airline landed on a wrong airport.

This is not true. Nobody found the tower guilty. Also this was first ever incident like this in Poznan.

Tower cannot be guilty as there is no radar vectoring in Poznan, only procedural control. Pilots make the approach themselves based on approach charts, the tower is not guiding them in any way.

Topic: RE: Sky Airlines 737 Lands In A Wrong Airport.
Username: Emrecan
Posted 2006-08-19 09:28:18 and read 19932 times.

Danny:

Wait and see if it is true or false...

Tower was guilty, they told "clear to land" and after the touchdown they sait "it was a wrong airport".

About the other false landings, it is said by a Polish pilot who was at the Sky Airlines flight.

[Edited 2006-08-19 09:30:56]

Topic: RE: Sky Airlines 737 Lands In A Wrong Airport.
Username: Danny
Posted 2006-08-19 10:09:06 and read 19892 times.

Tower can give you "cleared to land" command when you are far away from the airport provided that there is no other traffic in the area. It is a shame that Turkish pilots do not know that. Do you have a source to support your claim of polish pilot?

Polish military only said that a passenger was found in the flighdeck. Ivestigation was only started so do not make conclusions just based on nonsensible claims by Sky Airline.

Topic: RE: Sky Airlines 737 Lands In A Wrong Airport.
Username: Emrecan
Posted 2006-08-19 10:11:28 and read 19892 times.

Danny wait and see...

great polish tower Big grin

Topic: RE: Sky Airlines 737 Lands In A Wrong Airport.
Username: Pilotaydin
Posted 2006-08-19 10:20:35 and read 19876 times.

The captain on this flight was an ex RJ100 pilot for turkish airlines...he had VERY limited knowledge of non domestic operations, he used to fly domestic for Turkish for many years...he had to leave TK because of company age policy, and went to SKY airlines...

the news shouldn't be talking about the F/O it should be talking about the captain in the first place....finaly authority and responsability are upon him...

Topic: RE: Sky Airlines 737 Lands In A Wrong Airport.
Username: Danny
Posted 2006-08-19 10:37:04 and read 19852 times.

Capitan was flying pilot so she was talking to ATC as non flying pilot. Both had very poor english.

Quoting Emrecan (Reply 37):
great polish tower

I suggest that you spend few minutes studying approach charts for EPPO (something that SKY pilots forgot to do) before making such comments. You don't seem to understand what procedural control means.

You can find charts here:
http://www.ais.pata.pl/aip/

Free registration is required.

Topic: RE: Sky Airlines 737 Lands In A Wrong Airport.
Username: ANCFlyer
Posted 2006-08-19 10:40:29 and read 19845 times.

Quoting RoseFlyer (Reply 1):
I remember hearing relatively recently that a Northwest Airlines plane landed at Ellsworth Air Force Base (I think) instead of Rapid City South Dakota, which is only a few miles away

 checkmark  A NW A319 . . .

Quoting Travatl (Reply 5):

One missing from this list - in the mid-1980s, when I was stationed in nearby Ft. Knox, UA landed a 727 at the wrong airport in Louisville, Ky. Rather than SDF, the 727 landed at nearby LOU. Took some doing to get it out.

http://www.airnav.com/airport/KSDF

http://www.airnav.com/airport/KLOU

Topic: RE: Sky Airlines 737 Lands In A Wrong Airport.
Username: Emrecan
Posted 2006-08-19 11:15:32 and read 19803 times.

Danny, you were at the airport I guess. You are speking very certainly. It is a very stupid blame to say their English were poor.

Topic: RE: Sky Airlines 737 Lands In A Wrong Airport.
Username: Danny
Posted 2006-08-19 11:24:48 and read 19793 times.

Quoting Emrecan (Reply 41):
It is a very stupid blame to say their English were poor.

It has been confirmed by numerous witnesses: controllers, military, police and passengers.

Yes I was at this airport numerous times as I lived there for 6 years.

Topic: RE: Sky Airlines 737 Lands In A Wrong Airport.
Username: Emrecan
Posted 2006-08-19 11:37:41 and read 19782 times.

Of course they have to find someone or something to blame.. But it doesn't mean it is true.

By the way how can pax know the English level of the pilots? You are really very funny man Danny.

Topic: RE: Sky Airlines 737 Lands In A Wrong Airport.
Username: Danny
Posted 2006-08-19 11:48:31 and read 19765 times.

Quoting Emrecan (Reply 43):
By the way how can pax know the English level of the pilots? You are really very funny man Danny.

Pehaps because pilots allowed passengers entry into the flightdeck. As said this will be subject to separate investigation.

Topic: RE: Sky Airlines 737 Lands In A Wrong Airport.
Username: Pilotaydin
Posted 2006-08-19 14:24:59 and read 19656 times.

Quoting Danny (Reply 44):
Pehaps because pilots allowed passengers entry into the flightdeck

why? it is up to the PIC to allow people into the deck....

Topic: RE: Sky Airlines 737 Lands In A Wrong Airport.
Username: AzoresLover
Posted 2006-08-19 14:35:44 and read 19647 times.

"July 4, 1967 - A TWA 707, bound for Columbus, Ohio, mistakenly lands at Don Scott Field at Ohio State University."

If anyone would like a copy of my personal account of this incident, which I offered once before in an earlier thread and then sent to several a.netters, just use my email contact in my profile and make "TWA 707" the subject line, so I won't accidentally delete a "suspicious" email unread. I've got a lot of specific details included in my account.

TWA 707 coming from LAX-ORD, landed at Don Scott Field, 4400-foot asphalt runway, just past midnight.

Topic: RE: Sky Airlines 737 Lands In A Wrong Airport.
Username: Firiko
Posted 2006-08-19 20:18:15 and read 19508 times.

The F/O has 8 years exprience and there are some of you here going on and on about her lack of language skills. If she didn't speak english she simply couldn't hold on to the job for 8 years.

Topic: RE: Sky Airlines 737 Lands In A Wrong Airport.
Username: Pilotaydin
Posted 2006-08-19 23:13:21 and read 19408 times.

Quoting Firiko (Reply 47):
If she didn't speak english she simply couldn't hold on to the job for 8 years.

well.....i can tell you dont live in Turkey just by that one sentence, and if u do live here...you just got here lol


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