Learjet25 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 79 posts, RR: 1 Posted (12 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 9238 times:
Does anyone know about any airline aircraft landing at the wrong airport? I seem to recall an incident many years ago where a 737 or something similar in size landed at the wrong airport, then couldn't get back out b/c the runway was too short. I guess it was there for several months, until it could be stripped and de-fueled then flown to a nearby airport to be re-configured. Does anyone else recall a similar story?
Neilalp From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 1034 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (12 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 9198 times:
You might be thinking of the TWA flight to Steamboat Spring CO that landed at Craig. Craig Airport is about 20 miles from HDN (Yampa valley, steamboat's main airport) It was an MD80 and it ran off the runway and into a ditch. This is all I recall.
Bongo From Colombia, joined Oct 2003, 1863 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (12 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 9025 times:
Maybe this is not exactly a landing in the wrong airport, but I heard something about a man that board the wrong airplane, instead of board the Oakland, CA flight, he board the Auckland, NZ flight. Anyone knows something about it? or it is just tales
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Cpharris5514 From United States of America, joined Nov 2002, 170 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (12 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 8994 times:
Since you mentioned a 737, you might be thinking of the 737-200 (or even -100; can't recall which) from the old Frontier Airlines. It was on a flight from DEN-SHR (Sheridan, WY), and ended up landing in Buffalo, WY. From what I recall, the runway was not only too short for another takeoff, but the plane began to sink due to the aircraft's weight.
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FoxBravo From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 3067 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (12 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 8986 times:
I think I remember reading about the Oakland/Auckland guy. More recently, and definitely confirmed, was the British couple who thought they were getting a cheap fare to Sydney, Australia, but ended up in Sydney, Nova Scotia!
ElectraBob From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 931 posts, RR: 3
Reply 14, posted (12 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 8587 times:
Does buying a ticket from a travel agency guarantee that you will get to where you want to go without any problems? Not always.
About 3 years ago, the owner of the small agency where I worked sold two round trip tickets to a nice, elderly couple who wanted to go to Branson, Missouri. The closest airport to Branson was in Springfield, Mo., approx 40 miles to the North. Well, a travel agency in the Detroit area does not sell many plane tickets to Springfield, Mo. There was a simple way to look up the airport code for Springfield (we used Worldspan)....KC (kindly code)/Springfield.
The only problem was that the airport codes for any city named Springfield showed up....it was up to us to make sure we had the correct one. The owner ran the tickets, looked them over and handed them to the couple.
On the day of the trip, the elderly couple checked in at DTW for their flight on
TWA to St. Louis, where they would catch their connecting flight to Springfield. Upon arrival in STL, they showed their tickets to the customer service agent at the gate....the agent pointed the way to their connecting flight. Upon arrival in Springfield, they asked someone in baggage claim where they should go to catch the shuttle bus to Branson. The agent was very surprised...he told them that they were no where near Branson.....he then checked their tickets....they were in Springfield, ILLINOIS (yes, that's where they were ticketed to and yes, TWA flew to that Springfield also). TWA (bless their hearts) immediately reticketed them, and put them on the same aircraft back to STL where they would later catch a connecting flight to the correct Springfield. Later that evening, they arrived in Branson (their luggage arrived the next day).
About 4 years prior to this incident, the owner made a similar mistake. He had a business client who had to go to St. John's, Newfoundland for a meeting. Guess were he ended up.......St. John, New Brunswick......about 750 miles away.
Those airport codes can cause big problems....I guess we are all human.
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Positive rate From Australia, joined Sep 2001, 2143 posts, RR: 1
Reply 17, posted (12 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 8494 times:
Speaking of landing at the wrong airport. There was an incident here in Aust back in 2000 where an Ansett 737-300 very nearly landed on a highway after the flightcrew mistook it for the runway. There were making a non-precision approach in low visibility and the plane descended to around 200 feet over this highway before the crew realised their mistake and applied full power to go-around. Now that would have been messy landing on top of all those cars!
Oznznut From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 153 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (12 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 8341 times:
There was another incident involving a TWA 707. Sort of dates it ,huh? The aircraft landed at Ohio State University's Don Scott Field. This airport has a runway directly in line with one at Port Columbus (CMH), about 5 miles away. The passengers were bussed to CMH, The pilot was fired, and two other flight crew members got some time off. The 707 was ferried empty to CMH.
Skip7966 From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 119 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (12 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 8242 times:
I saw the CRP story on the news. It wasn't the open NAS they landed at, but a closed field that is very near CRP. It seems the warnings pilots now get (forgive my memory of what it's called) about CRP is that the closed airfield could be mistaken for CRP.
Gnomon From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (12 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 8145 times:
I believe I read about an AA flight in the mid-90s landing mistakenly at one of the MIA-area airports -- perhaps Opa Locka -- instead of MIA, its destination.
Several airports near MIA, including OPF, FLL, and PBI, have similar runway configurations, with two parallel east-west runways and a third northwest-southeast runway (e.g. 12/30). I understand that, and the pilots' lack of familiarity with the area, contributed to the incident.
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