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Landing At The Wrong Airport  
User currently offlineLearjet25 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 79 posts, RR: 1
Posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 7746 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?

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User currently offlineNeilalp From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 1034 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 7706 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.

Also this was just posted about a month ago.
http://www.airliners.net/discussions/general_aviation/read.main/1272795/

PLEASE SEARCH NEXT TIME.


User currently offlineLearjet25 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 79 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 3 days ago) and read 7593 times:

Yeah, well I wasn't here a month ago. Haven't found the search yet. SOR-RY

User currently offlineBongo From Colombia, joined Oct 2003, 1863 posts, RR: 5
Reply 3, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 3 days ago) and read 7533 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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User currently offlineLearjet25 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 79 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 3 days ago) and read 7513 times:

Must have been a big surprise about halfway through the flight!

User currently offlineCpharris5514 From United States of America, joined Nov 2002, 170 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 3 days ago) and read 7502 times:

Learjet25

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.

By the way, welcome aboard! I notice you're new, and hope you enjoy the many topics that pop up here.  Smile



From West Des Moines, Iowa
User currently offlineFoxBravo From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 2950 posts, RR: 5
Reply 6, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 3 days ago) and read 7494 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!


Common sense is not so common. -Voltaire
User currently offlineLearjet25 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 79 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 3 days ago) and read 7449 times:

That's hilarious. Seriously, do you think they suspected anything. Maybe, can this airplane make it all the way to Sydney? That's funny

User currently offlineFoxBravo From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 2950 posts, RR: 5
Reply 8, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 3 days ago) and read 7395 times:

As I recall, they started to realize something was odd when they arrived in Halifax and transferred to a Dash 8!


Common sense is not so common. -Voltaire
User currently offlineFoxBravo From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 2950 posts, RR: 5
Reply 9, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 3 days ago) and read 7384 times:

Here's an article I found via Google search: http://www.cbc.ca/stories/2002/08/04/wrongsydney_020804


Common sense is not so common. -Voltaire
User currently offlineInnocuousFox From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 2805 posts, RR: 15
Reply 10, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 3 days ago) and read 7318 times:

When I lived in Northbrook, IL, there was a C5 that was going to Glenview NAS and almost landed at PWK a few miles away. That would have been messy.


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User currently offlineLearjet25 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 79 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 3 days ago) and read 7299 times:

That's Palwaukee isn't it. That would have been bad news for sure

User currently offlineCpharris5514 From United States of America, joined Nov 2002, 170 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 7287 times:

When I lived in Northbrook, IL, there was a C5 that was going to Glenview NAS and almost landed at PWK a few miles away. That would have been messy

Good Lord, I would've hated to do the report on that!  Wow!



From West Des Moines, Iowa
User currently offlineInnocuousFox From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 2805 posts, RR: 15
Reply 13, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 7250 times:

We figured out that they would have had to take the wings off and tow it down Willow road to Glenview.  Smile


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User currently offlineElectraBob From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 931 posts, RR: 4
Reply 14, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 7095 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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User currently offlineJetguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 7081 times:

It wasn't a Frontier 737 that landed at the wrong airport in Wyoming - it was a Western Airlines airplane. The Frontier flight landed at Casper - gear up.


User currently offlineCpharris5514 From United States of America, joined Nov 2002, 170 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 7040 times:

It wasn't a Frontier 737 that landed at the wrong airport in Wyoming - it was a Western Airlines airplane. The Frontier flight landed at Casper - gear up.

Yes, I stand corrected! Thanks!  Smile



From West Des Moines, Iowa
User currently offlinePositive rate From Australia, joined Sep 2001, 2143 posts, RR: 1
Reply 17, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 7002 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!

User currently offlineN754pr From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 6919 times:

What about the poor people in the cars that saw it!!

User currently offlineTOLtommy From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 3277 posts, RR: 4
Reply 19, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 6871 times:

I recall a Delta jet landing at Frankfort KY, thinking they were at LEX... Late 80's maybe?

User currently offlineOznznut From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 153 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 6849 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.

User currently offlineDodgecharger From United States of America, joined Jun 2003, 210 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 6780 times:

I remember hearing a story that at some time in the late 80s or early 90s a commercial plane (seems like I remember hearing it was a 757) landed at Corpus Christi NAS instead of CRP Intl.

Anyone else know any details of this story?


User currently offlineSkip7966 From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 119 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 6750 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.

User currently offlineCanadaEH From Canada, joined Jul 2003, 1341 posts, RR: 4
Reply 23, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 6672 times:

An Air Canada A319 almost landed at Vernon, BC when it was supposed to land in Kelowna, BC.

http://www.cbc.ca/stories/2003/09/05/fire_plane030905

Oooops.



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User currently offlineGnomon From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 6653 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.


25 Coronado990 : Here is the story regarding the Continental Airlines at CRP... HNTSB Identification: FTW97IA187 . The docket is stored in the (offline) NTSB Imaging S
26 Big777jet : Why would the earth an Air Canada pilot fly the wrong airport with big difference direction on runways Kelowna and Vernon airport? Kelowna's runway di
27 Brons2 : I saw an article somewhere online about a DC-8 that was flying American troops to somewhere in S. Vietnam during that conflict, and landed at the wron
28 Post contains links Brons2 : ah, I found it http://www.popasmoke.com/visions/image.php?source=3048 mistake MISC 1969 MMAF/DANANG PHOTOS Submitted by:"DOC" Hackworth Relocated from
29 Kingsford : That british couple finding themselves in Nova Scotia instead of NSW, Australia must have been very dumb ! I mean they really deserved it for lack of
30 Tomgib : I heard a story of a Spantax (Spanish airline) flight to Hamburg where the pilots thought that Finkenwerder (the place the A 318, 319, 321 are built)
31 Mas777 : Didn't an NWA DC10 once land in Brussels instead of Frankfurt about 10 yrs ago?
32 Luxair : Mas777, I've heard about that story a time ago but don't remember the whole story and the only thing I know is that it was a NW DC10 and hope somebody
33 LV : Late 70s or early 80s, A DC-9 landed at Eagle Creek Airport instead of Indianpolis International. They are only about 5 air miles apart with similar r
34 Stefandotde : A spanish airline that doesn't exist any longer (SPANTAX) landed in Hamburg Finkenwerder instead of Fuhlsbüttel.
35 Cloud4000 : I may be mixing some things up as memory of the event is a bit hazy. Nevertheless, wasn't there an Egypt Air 747 who accidently landed at Le Bourget i
36 Aviationfreak : I`ve heard that at least one airplane almost landed on the new runway at AMS while it was still under construction. They put a big flashy Yellow cross
37 Rkmcswain : The LEX bound 737 that landed at Frankfort KY (about 17 miles away).Don't forget the "Gimli Glider" that ran out of fuel and landed at the "wrong airp
38 ATL2CDG : There have been many stories of EMB120s landing at various GA airports around GTR (Golden Triangle Regional/Columbus/Starkville/West Point, MS). Appar
39 Martin21 : Didn't an NWA DC10 once land in Brussels instead of Frankfurt about 10 yrs ago? I think thats correct... Heard that story before, what a mistake ! ma
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