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User currently offlineKaiGywer From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 12251 posts, RR: 35
Posted (10 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 17048 times:
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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,

”WARNING: Jarlsberg AD 6NM NNE Torp

Do not mistake this AD for Torp”

For those of you that understand Norwegian, the report can be found at
http://www.aaib-n.org/rapporter%202001/rapport%2010-01.htm

For those of you that don't, sorry, but I couldn't find the report in English.

Anybody in here know of other, similar stories?


911, where is your emergency?
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User currently offlineFrequentFlyKid From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 1206 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (10 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 16907 times:

I knew there was a reason Rick switched airlines.

Just kidding, obviously...


User currently offlineCoronado990 From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 1602 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (10 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 16797 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.



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User currently offlineKaiGywer From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 12251 posts, RR: 35
Reply 3, posted (10 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 16707 times:
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Gotta love the NTSB. It is ALWAYS human error in these reports


911, where is your emergency?
User currently offlineSRD737NG From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 136 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (10 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 16677 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.

User currently offlineAndersjt From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 390 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (10 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 16667 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!
User currently offlineBig777jet From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (10 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 16601 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.

Big777jet




User currently offlineKlm-md11 From Greece, joined Mar 2002, 471 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (10 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 16499 times:

how about the story of a Northwest Airlines jet that landed in Brussels, Belgium, the captain thinking it was acually Frankfurt, Germany, it´s orignal destination...

it suposed to have happened quite a few years back, i read about it on pprune, can´t remember the exact details.



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User currently offlineJm017 From Jamaica, joined Jun 2002, 1227 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (10 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 16445 times:

Forgive my ignorance, but what airports are indicated by the designations ENJB and ENTO?


"It's okay to cheat, if you just really don't like to lose."
User currently offlineKaiGywer From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 12251 posts, RR: 35
Reply 9, posted (10 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 16436 times:
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Jm017
ENJB is Jarlsberg Airport outside Tonsberg, Norway
ENTO is Torp Airport (TRF) outside Sandefjord, Norway

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911, where is your emergency?
User currently offlineDiesel1 From UK - Wales, joined Mar 2001, 1638 posts, RR: 11
Reply 10, posted (10 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 16425 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?)



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User currently offlineSsides From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 4059 posts, RR: 21
Reply 11, posted (10 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 16264 times:

I remember the Continental/Corpus Christi incident. However, based on that report, it sounds like it's more the air traffic controller's fault than the pilots'


"Lose" is not spelled with two o's!!!!
User currently offlineAn-225 From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 3950 posts, RR: 40
Reply 12, posted (10 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 16228 times:

Didn't a TWA MD-80 land at Steamboat instead of DEN a few years ago? Can anybody confirm?


Alex.



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User currently offlineBig777jet From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (10 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 16141 times:

AN-225

No, TWA MD80 supposed to landed to Hayden, Colorado airport but they ended up at Craig airport short of 10 miles from Hayden airport in Steamboat Springs. What a shame!


Big777jet




User currently offlineBig777jet From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (10 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 16123 times:

Here the link Craig airport and Hayden airport. It's 14 miles apart.

Craig:

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


Hayden:

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

Big777jet



User currently offlineMaiznblu_757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 5112 posts, RR: 50
Reply 15, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 15906 times:

The ultimate wrong airport story...

I started a post about this 733 days ago...(When I was Boeing757fan)

http://www.airliners.net/discussions/general_aviation/read.main/644820/6/

Here is another..
http://www.airliners.net/discussions/general_aviation/read.main/342987/6/

"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."

http://abclocal.go.com/wjrt/news/120800_NW_plane.html

http://www.airnav.com/airport/6D9

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





User currently offlineCitationX From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 110 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 15874 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.


User currently offlineMilesrich From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 2001 posts, RR: 6
Reply 17, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 15740 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'.

User currently offlineSkip7966 From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 119 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 6 days ago) and read 15630 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.

User currently offlineAircanada From Canada, joined Jul 1999, 148 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 15586 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.

Andrew.


User currently offlineMog From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (10 years 10 months 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 15447 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.

From the FE:-

http://www.financialexpress.com/ie/daily/19970603/15450453.html

""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.

Just a few weeks later, though.


User currently offlinePVD757 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 3414 posts, RR: 16
Reply 21, posted (10 years 10 months 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 15353 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.

User currently offlineKYIPpilot From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 1383 posts, RR: 6
Reply 22, posted (10 years 10 months 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 15341 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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User currently offlineFLYSSC From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 7412 posts, RR: 57
Reply 23, posted (10 years 10 months 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 15166 times:

In the 80's an Air France B707 operating a charter flight from Paris to Eilat landed by mistake at Acqaba Airport in Jordan, just a few miles away... Sad

User currently offlineSjoic From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 25 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (10 years 10 months 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 15120 times:

If memory serves me right on that 737 in Wyoming, they had to take all the seats out, and use minimal fuel just to get the thing off the runway to go back to it original destination....Jeff

25 Tennisace : Aircanada: It was an AC airbus enroute from Toronto to Kelowna. Was on a visual approach from the north and accidentally started to approach a smaller
26 Teva : Back in the 80s, a Turkish aircraft landed in Bretigny/Orge (Militaray and testing airstrip) instead of Orly, a few miles away... Teva
27 Post contains links Elwood64151 : I'm surprised no one has mentioned the most famous "wrong airport" landing: From http://www.centennialofflight.gov/essay/Explorers_Record_Setters_and_
28 Vimanav : A JL DC-8 (JA8013) landed at Juhu Airport runway 08 instead of BOM runway 09 in deteriorating visibility on 24SEP72. The aircraft was a write off. Thi
29 Airbust : I'm surprised at how often this happens. I seem to remember reading about an AA MD-80 landing at a miliatary base in Omaha instead of OMA, about 7 or
30 Danny : Last year ATR 42 Eurolot instead of International airport in Kaliningrad (Russia) landed in military airbase. Pilots and aircraft were arrested and ke
31 Airlinelover : "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 inst
32 Post contains images IndustrialPate : An NW DC-10 flying DTW-FRA landed in BRU instead in the late 1990s... the pilots didn't know, but the passengers watching the compass did .
33 Ex NWA : It happened to Piedmont twice in the 80's. A 737-200 landed at the wrong airport in Augusta, GA (the airport it mistakenly landed at has since been cl
34 PiedmontGirl : Elwood64151: Thanks for the info about Corrigan.
35 CROOKS44 : Didn't a LAX bound 747 come close to landing at tiny Hawthorne airport years ago?
36 Big777jet : I remembered that. I was working at company. A guy told me that he heard the news that TWA 747 flew from London to Chicago. TWA 747 was flying really
37 Fflood : When I lived in Tampa, every once in a while an airliner would mistakenly land at McDill AFB instead of TPA. Needless to say, what an embarrassment!
38 United4ever : There is a european airline that routinely lands flights at a different place to the one it has advertised to its customers... Mike
39 BillElliott9 : I think A CO 737 landed on a taxiway in Houston.....As I recall Lorenzo was on board the a/c.
40 Db777 : For those who mentioned it, the Air Force base just south of the city of Tampa is spelled as MacDill, not McDill. The United 727 that landed at Opa-lo
41 Jhooper : The tower controllers at College Station, TX tell me that occasionally they'll see an American Eagle flight line up for Coulter Field instead of CLL.
42 Usair320 : klm-md11, how the hell did that pilot think BRU was FRA????!!!!!!!
43 Koopas : Hey Jhooper! How's it going down there in Texas? Did you graduate from A&M? Regarding the post, it wouldn't surprise me if pilots lined up for that ot
44 LN-MOW : ".....how the hell did that pilot think BRU was FRA????!!!!!!!" If I remember right, it was the flight plan that was wrong ... This also happened once
45 Cancidas : i never mixed up airports but did mix up runways. instead of reporting 5 miles out to runway 1 i reported to runway 32. i was having electrical troubl
46 Delta-flyer : When I was living in Montreal, 30+ years ago, an LH 707 landed at Cartierville airport runway 24 instead of YUL 24L. The Cartierville airport has sinc
47 Danialanwar : I recall two stories ... believe they came from credible sources: Swissair @ Paris This happened long ago in the prop age ... the pilot and the guy in
48 G-KIRAN : I remember reading in some airline magazine that when Milan Malpensa was opened many major european carriers refused to fly there, instead they prefer
49 J_hallgren : I was flying Delta from Boston to Tampa the day after that mistake landing at MacDill happened...I asked agent "Do the know the way to TIA?"...they we
50 YX717PUSHER : Airbust... There was a story around Omaha and I thought it was a United 727 that landed at the Council Bluffs, IA airport (CBF) which is only about 7
51 Post contains images Flyssc : Teva..., Your story didn't happen in the 80's but in the Early 90's...and it was not a "Turkish" aircraft, but an Egypt'Air B743. Actually, they didn'
52 MD11Engineer : I´ve heard of a Jordanian airliner landing at Israeli Eilath instead of Jordanian Akaba a few miles away... Jan
53 Flyssc : MD11Engineer, check my post above... On Nov.3rd 1986, a B707 operating a flight on behalf of Air Charter (former Air France's charter subsidiary ) fro
54 BMAbound : What about the A/C that landed on a taxiway in Detroit? Don't remember which airline (was a twin Boeing or Airbus though), but everything turned out f
55 Cpharris5514 : What about the A/C that landed on a taxiway in Detroit? Don't remember which airline (was a twin Boeing or Airbus though), but everything turned out f
56 Post contains links and images RampRat74 : A United DC-8 landed at Troutdale airport in Oregon in the 60's. Its about 10 miles east of PDX. The old guys I work with said, they had to remove all
57 InnocuousFox : "I'm surprised at how often this happens. I seem to remember reading about an AA MD-80 landing at a miliatary base in Omaha instead of OMA, about 7 or
58 LastBaron : In 1980 I was on an F-27 flight aboard SN from BRU-DUS, and we touched down on the runway and then rolled and took off again from what later turned ou
59 Texan : There was a 727 that landed at a small airport in Arkansas a few years ago. When the pilots tried to correct their mistake, they blew off a good chunk
60 Panair : Delta's inaugural flight into Meridian (Mississippi) flew into a wrong airport with all of the dignitaries on board. It was a DC-3. Must have been in
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