Seb146 From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 11798 posts, RR: 15 Posted (11 years 11 months 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 1682 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?
Lapper From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2002, 1568 posts, RR: 7
Reply 2, posted (11 years 11 months 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 1650 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.