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Close Airports, Close Calls  
User currently offlineSeb146 From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 14165 posts, RR: 14
Posted (13 years 4 months 2 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 2042 times:

SEA and BFI are close to each other. I have seen planes bound for SEA line up with 13R/31L at BFI but then see their mistake and turn for SEA. Not a huge problem since 742s land at BFI all the time.

But in the Portland area, PDX, Troutedale (TTD-5400' runway) and Vancouver Pearson (VOU-3300' runway) are near each other. I have seen AS line up with VOU and remember Pan Am landing at TTD once in the 70s.

How often does this happen in your area? For the pilots on the board: Why would a captain line up with the wrong airport? How does this happen with ATC talking to them the whole time?

Life in the wall is a drag.
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User currently offlineBackfire From Germany, joined Oct 2006, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (13 years 4 months 2 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 2020 times:

There used to be a gasometer outside of London Heathrow with a big arrow and the name of the airport painted on top, to stop aircraft accidentally landing at a smaller airfield nearby (Northolt?)

User currently offlineLapper From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2002, 1685 posts, RR: 6
Reply 2, posted (13 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 2010 times:

That's right, Backfire, in fact a PA 707 landed there in 1960, stopping with very little of the runway left. The gasholders caused some of the confusion, which I think lead to one of them having the arrow painted on.

Here is the cause of the confusion:

User currently offlineNZ767 From New Zealand, joined Nov 2001, 1620 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (13 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 1991 times:

They don't even have to be close for that to happen.
Remember Northwest landing at Brussels thinking it was Frankfurt??  Wow!

User currently offlineAdmiral ackbar From Canada, joined May 2002, 159 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (13 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 1966 times:

I seem to remember hearing a story as a child that a pilot landed at Saint-Laurent airport (where Canadair/Bombardier now are) instead of Dorval.

They had a lot of problems getting the plane out of there.

Does any one have more details on this one?

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