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Crossair Crash: Pilot Mistake?  
User currently offlineDens From Switzerland, joined Sep 2001, 313 posts, RR: 5
Posted (14 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 3152 times:

I found this article on internet. It is in French. It is said that in 1999, a Crossair pilot who should have landed in Sion, landed by mistake in Aosta, Italy. How is such a big mistake possible??? Have you ever heard about something like this?
The pilot who made this mistake was the pilot of the Crossair flight which crashed near Zurich in November!

BERNE - Le pilote aux commandes de l'appareil de Crossair qui s'est écrasé près de Bassersdorf (ZH) le 24 octobre avait commis une grave erreur en mars 1999. Au lieu d'atterrir comme prévu à Sion, il avait rejoint par inadvertance l'aéroport d'Aoste, en Italie.
L'incident a fait l'objet d'une enquête interne, a indiqué lundi Thomas Brandt, de la direction du groupe Crossair et chef de l'état-major de crise, lors de l'émission de la télévision alémanique «10 vor 10». Sinon, aucun cas similaire ne s'est déjà produit.
Le vol du 21 mars 1999 menait l'appareil de Kloten à Sion. Les conditions météorologiques étaient bonnes. Le pilote, décédé dans le crash de Bassersdorf, s'était rendu compte de son erreur au dernier moment avant d'atterrir en Italie. Il avait alors remis les gaz et s'était dirigé vers Sion.
(SDA-ATS\/tg bas/c5swi zh c4ita vs come div jus)

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User currently offlineGerardo From Spain, joined May 2000, 3481 posts, RR: 27
Reply 1, posted (14 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 3102 times:

He didn't land in Aosta, but was preparing its landing. A passenger filmed this and yesterday, this video shootage was shown in the Swiss TV news.

How could this happen? Well it's not the first time, an aircraft is approaching the wrong airport, and it will not be the last time.


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User currently offlineSnoopy From Switzerland, joined Oct 2001, 370 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (14 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 3098 times:

He didn't actually land, but noticed his mistake, broke off his approach and went off to find the place he should have landed.

It really is quite incredible though if it is true...or it is someone who wasn't much of a skiing fan. Sion is in a valley that is very distinctive and certainly very different to Aosta. You haven't got the Mt. Blanc right next to you for a start!

User currently offlineCPH-R From Denmark, joined May 2001, 6536 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (14 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days ago) and read 3047 times:

Just what I was about to mention. Must have taken a wrong turn at Mt. Blanc Big grin

No, of course this is sad. However, if he had the approach charts for Sion Vallaise out, he should have known already before going in that it was the wrong place, considering the special approach into Sion.

Courtesy of http://www.Dangerous-Airports.com

User currently offlineRacers22 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 175 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (14 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 3028 times:

This is not the first time something like this has happened. Back in the late '60's, the pilot of a TWA 707 landed at OSU Airport instead of Port Columbus International. I believe that after they stipped down the airpland to the bare minimum, they were able to get the plane out of the airport.

User currently offlineElal106 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 975 posts, RR: 4
Reply 5, posted (14 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 2971 times:

I read that a TWA md-80 landed at the wrong airport and the pilots only noticed after they landed....(No other planes around!!!!)

The runway was to short for them to take off so when they tried to, the plane got stuck in the mudd...I wonder how they got it back to an airport with an airstrip long enough!! This happened few months ago, and the pilots got fired of course!


User currently offlineSnoopy From Switzerland, joined Oct 2001, 370 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (14 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 2963 times:

There was a story some years back of a charter flight from Paris landing in Aqaba (Jordan) instead of Eilat (Israel). This was before the peace treaty. The passengers were surprised to see the plane surrounded by Jordanian soldiers. They were kept on the plane and allowed to leave about an hour later for the short 5 minute flight to Eilat.

User currently offlinePolAir From United States of America, joined May 2001, 893 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (14 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 2956 times:

I remember NW flight ( in 80's) from DTW to FRA with stop over somewhere in Ireland ( i think). They did stop in Ireland, but than FO set instruments wrong, and they landed in BRU instead. Ha. I dont know if they got fired or not. I know they noticed it on final, but decided to land anyway.

User currently offlinePrebennorholm From Denmark, joined Mar 2000, 7137 posts, RR: 53
Reply 8, posted (14 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 2955 times:

And then in Sion, of all places!!!

It is like landing a floatplane by mistake on the ocean instead of on the river down the Grand Canyon.

It must have been dark. It must have been low cloud cover. And it must have been a terrible technical navigation error - dialed in a wrong VOR and such.

Just imagine that the failure had been the other way around. For sure they would then have crashed into the mountains at Sion.

Regards, Preben Norholm

Always keep your number of landings equal to your number of take-offs
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