Anybody heard of the B757 on final to ENJB instead of ENTO? It happened 9/18/00. The pilots of the British registered plane (the one in the picture) were not familiar with the area, and the fact that ENJB was not marked on the Jepp maps, made it easy to misunderstand. ENJB is only 6NM northeast of ENTO, and both airports have 18-36 RWYs. ENTO has a 9347 ft runway and has taken down most kinds of airplanes. ENJB has a 1870 feet runway and is barely used for anything but gliders. Both ATC and the crew noticed that something was wrong, and aborted the landing and headed for ENTO, where they landed without any events. After this, I believe ENJB is included on Jepp maps, and with a warning like the one SK has used for years on their approach maps to ENTO,
Coronado990 From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 1597 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 16539 times:
A CO 737-500 landed at an auxiliary Navy Field in Corpus Christi once...
I found this report on the NTSB web-site for more detail....
NTSB Identification: FTW97IA187 . The docket is stored in the (offline) NTSB Imaging System.
Scheduled 14 CFR Part 121: Air Carrier operation of CONTINENTAL AIRLINES, INC.
Incident occurred Sunday, May 11, 1997 in CORPUS CHRISTI, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 5/4/98
Aircraft: Boeing 737-524, registration: N16618
Injuries: 59 Uninjured.
The flight was issued vectors to intercept the final approach course of Runway 31 at Corpus Christi International Airport, and was cleared for the localizer 31 approach. The first officer was manipulating the controls, the In-Range and Approach checklists were completed, and the approach was briefed. A previous aircraft had requested the ILS RWY 13 approach and the tower controller had switched the ILS localizer from 31 to 13. After the completion of the approach, the tower controller did not reselect the localizer 31 approach. The flightcrew tuned in the localizer for Runway 31; however, they did not identify it by morse code. The captain reported that the localizer for Runway 31 was intercepted, 'although at the very beginning the course deviation bar did a couple of full scale deflections, but locked on 7 miles southeast' of the final approach fix. The aircraft was in and out of a broken cloud layer at 2,000 feet msl and the visibility was about 5 to 6 miles. After verifying all instruments were properly configured for the approach, the captain looked outside and 'saw a runway at the northern edge of the cloud they were in and out of.' The runway also had the number 31 painted on its approach end. The captain reported the field in sight to approach control and he was instructed to contact tower control. Tower cleared the flight to land. The flight landed at Cabaniss Field which is a Navy auxiliary field located 5 nautical miles southeast of Corpus Christi International Airport. Cabaniss is located on the final approach course for Runway 31 to Corpus Christi. The first officer had just completed ground and simulator differences training for the Boeing 737-300/500 series aircraft, and this was the first flight of his initial operating experience (IOE) for differences training in the aircraft. The first officer had never been to Corpus Christi, and it had been three years since the captain had been there.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this incident as follows:
The flightcrew's inadequate in-flight planning and decision, and their failure to refer to the navaids needed for the instrument approach procedure. A factor was the lack of a minimum safe altitude warning from approach control.
SRD737NG From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 136 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 16419 times:
This kind of thing has happened quite a lot actually. I witnessed an American Eagle ATR almost land at the Navy base at Boca Chica next to the Key West airport one night. Lucky we spoke up on the radio to let them know they were on final for the wrong airport before they landed.
Andersjt From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 390 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 16409 times:
Back in the 1970's there was was an incident with Western Airlines. It was a 737-200 flying from Denver to Sheridan, Wyoming. I think, but I cannot remember, that it had an intermediate stop in Casper. Sheridan was the final with an overnight there.
Anyway, it was a night flight, in the winter. When the plane touched down, the captain realized they had landed on the air strip in Buffalo, Wyoming, a smaller town just south of Sheridan. The airline had the passengers bussed to Sheridan, and I'm not sure what happened to the captain or first officer.
Oh how I long for the day when the skies were truly Friendly!
Big777jet From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 16343 times:
Delta 737-200 landed wrong airport at Frankfort, Kentucky should be land in Lexington, KY within 30 miles the flight from Louisville, KY about ten years ago. The weather had passed thunderstorm before landed.
Diesel1 From UK - Wales, joined Mar 2001, 1637 posts, RR: 11
Reply 10, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 16167 times:
When flying from LGHR to CWL for maintenance a British Airways 747-400 decended to 1000 ft on approach to St Athan a military airfield a few miles away from CWL..only the ATCOs @ CWL spotted the error and got the BA 747 back on track to the correct airfield.
Spookily, not long afterwards a Swedish airliner (SAS MD87?) almost did the same thing - apparently their airfield charts didnt even show St Athan.
Further back in time a Dan Air HS748 landed at Langford Lodge, a test airfield near BFS.
Also did a USA airline land at Northolt back in the 60s instead of LHR (or was it just an approach?)
"We can smile about it now, but imagine their surprise last Friday when a DC-8 crew discovered they had touched down on a 4,800-by-75-foot runway instead of the 11,800-by-300- foot runway they were expecting. The cargo plane stopped safely with a few hundred feet to spare at Iosco County Airport in East Tawas, Mich., but it was aiming for the former Wurtsmith Air Force Base nine miles to the north, where it was being ferried for maintenance. The DC-8 was towed back onto the runway yesterday morning, and made a successful takeoff with a 10-knot headwind."
CitationX From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 110 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 15616 times:
Back in the early 1980s, a DL 727 landed at McDill AFB instead of TPA.
In the 70's, a National Airlines crew expertly "landed" a 727 into Penscola Bay (at night), thinking they were touching down on one of PNS's runways. Rumor had it that the plane was pulled out of the water, dried out, barged to Miami, refurbished and put back into service.
Milesrich From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 1992 posts, RR: 6
Reply 17, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 15482 times:
A United 727 landed at either Opa Locka or Ft Lauderdale Executive Airport rather than FLL about 20 years ago. The National 727-235 landed in Escambia Bay, off PNS. Ozark landed an FH-227B at Dixon, IL, the boyhood home of Ronald Reagan, rather than at the Whiteside County Airport, SQI. In the Dixon incident, they had to bus the passengers as the runway at Dixon is only about 3000'.
Skip7966 From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 119 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 15372 times:
I lived in that part of Florida back in the 70's. It was a very stormy night and Eastern had diverted to Mobile instead of trying the approach to PNS. National had just cleared the east side of Escambia Bay when it came down. Witness reports had said they heard what sounded like a jet engine sputtering. The plane came to rest in the mud with the nose and tail sticking out of the water and the landing gear stuck in the mud. You could see it from the I-10 bridge. The newspaper said it was barged to Pensacola Navel Air Station and refurbished. About a week after they got the plane out of the bay, my mom got a letter that was very water damaged and a note attached apologizing for the delay in deliver as it had been on board that plane.
Aircanada From Canada, joined Jul 1999, 148 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 15328 times:
This past summer an AC (I think it was AC, either that or West Jet) jet landed at the wrong airport in British Columbia. It was during the forest fires and apparently very hard to see and the pilot landed at the wrong airport. Maybe someone could give some more details on this.
Mog From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (10 years 8 months 5 hours ago) and read 15189 times:
2nd June 1997, a Saudia Boeing-747 landed at Tambaram Air Force base instead of the Chennai International a few miles away. This made for great noise as well as subsequent television on 4763 foot long secondary runway that the PIC chose.
""Airport sources said pilot of the aircraft Captain Khayyat sought visual clearance to land at the Chennai airport after sighting the runway. The Air Traffic Control (ATC) gave him permission to land, but the pilot reported that he had overshot the runway. The ATC instructed the pilot to circle and then come back for landing.
The pilot then went on an orbit and landed at the Tambaram Air Force station airstrip, mistaking it for the Chennai Airport. He then contacted the ATC and told them that he had landed, but they wanted to know where he was as they could not see the aircraft at the Chennai Airport. To their shock, the ATC learnt that the pilot had landed at the Tambaram Air Force station.""
The aircraft had to be stripped completely, bunkered with minimal fuel, and then after all sorts of insurance premiums, waited for the best wind conditions to take off under the command of a specialist pilot from Being, if I recall correctly, he was a very brave Turk.
Tambaram Air Base can be seen clearly from a mountain nearby, which has a church, temple and mosque on top of it. The take-off brought attendance to record highs, and the aircraft landed successfully at Chennai.
PVD757 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 3411 posts, RR: 17
Reply 21, posted (10 years 8 months 3 hours ago) and read 15095 times:
Pardon the lack of dates and specifics, but I know that there have been numerous approaches made, with 1 or 2 actual landing at Quonset Airport (OQU), in North Kingstown, RI (located 7 dme south of PVD) by aircraft (commercial) on approach to runway 34 at PVD. OQU also has a 8000 ft (now 7500) runway 16-34. The incident I read about was a 727-200 (American or Eastern I believe) that actually landed there in the late 70's/early 80's. After the aircraft landed there, they had to bus the passengers to PVD, the flight was cancelled, and the aircraft ferried out. Quonset Airport is an old Navy base, now used by corp jets, ANG C130's, and Army Guard Huey's and Backhawks.
KYIPpilot From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 1383 posts, RR: 6
Reply 22, posted (10 years 8 months 3 hours ago) and read 15083 times:
I have heard that airliners with pilots unfamiliar with the area bound for DTW have accidentally intercepted the approach for KYIP, which is only 7 miles West of DTW. They have realized their mistake before landing though. DTW uses the 21's and the 22's; KYIP has the 23's, so it isn't that hard to believe.
Wasn't there an Air Canada A-320 that almost landed at a small airport in BC this past summer? I think smoke from a forrest fire made it difficult to see.
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