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Anyone Landed At Wrong Airport Or Runway?  
User currently offlineRedcordes From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 245 posts, RR: 0
Posted (8 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 7305 times:

I must admit, that on my second cross-country I landed on the wrong runway in Concord NH. It was early and there were no other aircraft operating, but I felt rather dumb and learned a lesson. But, went on to learn another. Because I was flustered and it was so early that I couldn't get fuel, I decided to get out of Dodge and quickly press on. I approached the Poughkeepsie NY airport with fuel gauges on "E". When paying for the fuel, the manager mentioned that the aircraft (C-152) took 23.5 gal. Oops, that only leaves one useable gallon. Thank God they had given me a straight-in approach. They say He watches over drunks and fools! Any other dummies out there?


"The only source of knowledge is experience." A. Einstein "Science w/o religion is lame. Religion w/o science is blind."
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User currently offline2H4 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 8956 posts, RR: 60
Reply 1, posted (8 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 7271 times:
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I landed on a taxiway once, but it was intentional and perfectly legal.



2H4





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User currently offlineSLCPilot From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 592 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (8 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 7263 times:

No. You are actually the first person to ever land on the wrong runway. It is a milestone in aviation and you'll be known far and wide. Here is proof...

http://www.thirdamendment.com/wrongway.html

Cheers!

SLCPilot



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User currently offlineRedcordes From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 245 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (8 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 7231 times:

Quoting SLCPilot (Reply 2):
No. You are actually the first person to ever land on the wrong runway. It is a milestone in aviation and you'll be known far and wide. Here is proof..

I'm looking for first-hand experience in landing on the wrong runway or at the wrong airport. Your reply was uninformative, because I'm guessing most are aware of these well-publicized mishaps.



"The only source of knowledge is experience." A. Einstein "Science w/o religion is lame. Religion w/o science is blind."
User currently offlineBond007 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 5455 posts, RR: 8
Reply 4, posted (8 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 7227 times:

Well, it wasn't exactly a big deal, and not exactly what you're looking for, but I lined up and ended up on short final the wrong direction (ie downwind), at an uncontrolled airfield. The guy on unicom/advisory suggested runway 20 and I set-up for runway 2 which had a 5-10 kt tailwind. I realized on short final and went around.

I was a student pilot at the time but it could have been nasty if there was other traffic departing.

One reason why I prefer the European 2-numeric runway numbering, in which case it could have been more difficult to confuse 20 and 02 (maybe!).


Jimbo



I'd rather be on the ground wishing I was in the air, than in the air wishing I was on the ground!
User currently offlineFuturecaptain From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (8 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 7192 times:

Quoting Redcordes (Thread starter):
the aircraft (C-152) took 23.5 gal.

OMG. I read that and had to do a double take. Really running on fumes there.

Quoting Redcordes (Thread starter):
Any other dummies out there?

Well, I've never landed on the wrong runway.

Almost side-loaded a plane a couple times on practicing crosswind landings. Every once in a while I still get into sticky situations but try to use better judgement.

Practicing soft field takeoffs in about a 15 knot direct headwind. Gave it full power and all that lift took my nose right off the ground and hit the tail pretty hard.

First solo. I was so scared in getting my radio transmissions and watching out for other aircraft my first landing was done without doing the pre-landing checklist. I think the only thing I got was flaps 30 because by that time it was muscle memory in the pattern I had been around it so many times.

Landed so hard the engine stopped on the runway. Now, in my defense this particular plane had been giving me engine trouble for a while at that point and getting it on the ground was my priority, not looking good. But it probably still looked pretty bad from anyone who was watching.

In a few years of flying I've racked up a few stories. Never landed on the wrong runway though.


User currently offlineFly707 From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 350 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (8 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 7084 times:

Well it could happen any time specially when your tired or when crew are not concentrated.
I have an ATC friend that told me that most of wrong landing occurs when two runways are parallel to each other ( 35R & 35L ), or when landing on runway 13------ or ------31 .

Regards.



Without mistakes we will never learn
User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31712 posts, RR: 56
Reply 7, posted (8 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 6847 times:

Quoting 2H4 (Reply 1):
I landed on a taxiway once, but it was intentional and perfectly legal.

Details Big grin

BTW 9W 1st scheduled commercial flight landing was on a wrong runway & Wrong Airport too  Smile

What a start.But a great recovery today. bigthumbsup 


regds
MEL



Think of the brighter side!
User currently offline2H4 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 8956 posts, RR: 60
Reply 8, posted (8 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 6788 times:
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Quoting HAWK21M (Reply 7):
Details

At Oshkosh, the big fly-in held every year in Wisconsin. There are so many arrivals, the parallel taxiway (along 36) is used as a runway. It's the taxiway to the right of the main runway in these shots:



Notice all of the aircraft on exhibit to the left of the runway(s):




It's a great time, but I would personally avoid flying in VFR.



2H4





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User currently offlineZBBYLW From Canada, joined Nov 2006, 1993 posts, RR: 6
Reply 9, posted (8 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 6660 times:

Quoting Redcordes (Thread starter):
(C-152) took 23.5 gal

From what i know the 152 has 24.5 capacity but only 24 gal usable. I used to work as a fueler at ZBB (a training airport) and i liked to keep the tanks on all the flight school aircraft topped right off so i would not get bugged in the evening. One time i went to go fill up a particular 152 after it landed, and i filled it up with just over 98L which is pretty close to the 24 gal mark. This particular 152 did not have LR tanks. Also I know a story told to me a member of an inflight crew (very good source) for an unnamed airline that a 343 landing in HKG landed taxied and shut down with a total of 500 usable ibs left. Scary eh.



Keep the shinny side up!
User currently offlineZBBYLW From Canada, joined Nov 2006, 1993 posts, RR: 6
Reply 10, posted (8 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 6657 times:

Adding to my last post, sorry forgot to mention but one of my most bone headed mistakes was when i buzzed a BC ferry in active past. While i did buzz it i kept well of its port side, but after thinking about it i am sure the captain of the ship would have wanted to report me, luckily for me i never got a call from TC. Another moment where i did not think was when i got in a Dog fight with a P-51, not smart yes but it was just one of those moments that are too good to let up on. Here is a "pilot report" from the incident.

Pilot Report: Dog Fight W/ P-51 In A C152 (by ZBBYLW Nov 1 2006 in Trip Reports)

Quoting 2H4 (Reply 8):

Out of curiosity 2h4 what are you flying in that looks like a pretty nice aircraft.



Keep the shinny side up!
User currently offlineFuturecaptain From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (8 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 6654 times:

Quoting ZBBYLW (Reply 9):
From what i know the 152 has 24.5 capacity but only 24 gal usable

26 gal total. 13 each side. 24.5 useable.


User currently offlineRunway777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (8 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 6649 times:

i have not yet made that mistake, but i probably will sometime. lol

User currently offlineKELPkid From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 6428 posts, RR: 3
Reply 13, posted (8 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 6645 times:

Quoting Redcordes (Thread starter):
Any other dummies out there?

I've never landed on the wrong runway or at the wrong airport, but I've had trouble finding the airport (in the pre-GPS days Big grin ). For me, airports buried in the middle of cities, especially in daylight, are hard to find. At night, the black hole around the airport, along with the airfield lighting, makes things much easier.

HIO and MAF are two airports that I've had trouble making out from their surrounding cities. Now, with GPS on board, no problemo.

Before you guys give me grief, I got my PPL in the southwest USA, where the airport is usually on a bluff or mesa out of town a little ways, and black asphalt or white-grey concrete stands out quite well from the surrounding terrain features  Wink Besides, having mountains around in the vicinity makes the airport location much more obvious.



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User currently offlineSprout5199 From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 1855 posts, RR: 2
Reply 14, posted (8 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 6627 times:

Quoting Redcordes (Thread starter):
I must admit, that on my second cross-country I landed on the wrong runway in Concord NH. It was early and there were no other aircraft operating, but I felt rather dumb and learned a lesson

Is it a controlled field? If not then you can't land on a wrong runway. Its up to the pilot to choose the runway.

Quoting Bond007 (Reply 4):
The guy on unicom/advisory suggested runway 20

Suggested is the key word. And you dont even have to announce your intentions. But if you do crack up or hit someone, look out for the FAA.

Dan in Jupiter


User currently offlineBond007 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 5455 posts, RR: 8
Reply 15, posted (8 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 6609 times:

Quoting Sprout5199 (Reply 14):
Is it a controlled field? If not then you can't land on a wrong runway. Its up to the pilot to choose the runway.

You sure can land on the wrong runway. It might not be in a FAR, but runway selection at uncontrolled airports is in the AIM and Advisory Circulars and if you go against them it will be deemed 'less' safe. Land downwind, and/or against the traffic flow and they'll get you with the FAR 91.13 "careless or reckless operation...".


Jimbo



I'd rather be on the ground wishing I was in the air, than in the air wishing I was on the ground!
User currently offlineN215AZ From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 77 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (8 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 6565 times:

My uncle has come out of the clouds from Texas to 0G6 and he was about 30 miles off course. He then proceeded to call to 0G6 and land at an airport about 30 mi south of 0G6.

A friend from 0G6 has also landed on an intersecting taxiway, kind of illegally but the crosswind on 08-26 was kicking his ass. He made three passes at it before he decided to land on "18-36," if it were really a runway. He stopped with about 500 feet to spare. Pretty sweet bit of piloting.

Without Wax,



N215AZ



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User currently offline3DPlanes From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 167 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (8 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 6538 times:

Quoting Bond007 (Reply 15):
Land downwind, and/or against the traffic flow and they'll get you with the FAR 91.13 "careless or reckless operation...".

What if I wanted to get some crosswind practice in???? That's not reckless, just making use of a good training opportunity.

From a confusion standpoint, check out MIA, OPF and TMB. Almost identical runway layout for all three and the smaller two are both underneath the class B and only 6-10 NM from MIA.



"Simplicate and add lightness." - Ed Heinemann
User currently offline2H4 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 8956 posts, RR: 60
Reply 18, posted (8 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 6533 times:
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Quoting ZBBYLW (Reply 10):
Out of curiosity 2h4 what are you flying in that looks like a pretty nice aircraft.

Alas, those are just example images I found to illustrate the runway configuration. I've only taken 172s and 182s into OSH.



2H4





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User currently offlineBond007 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 5455 posts, RR: 8
Reply 19, posted (8 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 6515 times:

Quoting 3DPlanes (Reply 17):
What if I wanted to get some crosswind practice in???? That's not reckless, just making use of a good training opportunity.

Right, if it's not reckless or careless it's fine. But, pick a runway that's across the current pattern and there's 5 aircraft doing touch-and-goes, it wouldn't be smart and might be an unsafe maneuver. That's why at a busy controlled airport, ATC might not allow the use of a crosswind runway just for the heck of it....it doesn't make it safer just because there's no controller to say no.

Another example, try explaining to the NTSB and FAA that it wasn't careless, running off the end of a 3000ft runway with a 20kt tailwind ... just because it was an uncontrolled airport.


Jimbo



I'd rather be on the ground wishing I was in the air, than in the air wishing I was on the ground!
User currently offlineRedcordes From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 245 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (8 years 1 month 2 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 6444 times:

Quoting Futurecaptain (Reply 11):
26 gal total. 13 each side. 24.5 useable.

Yes, that's my information also.

Quoting Sprout5199 (Reply 14):

Is it a controlled field? If not then you can't land on a wrong runway. Its up to the pilot to choose the runway.

No, it wasn't a controlled airport. So, yes and in some cases you are right but often, and in this case, there is a "preferred calm-wind runway"-- and I had chosen that runway. However, I landed on another which turned out to be the shortest, worst-conditioned, potholed runway. Once I turned to final for that runway, I was landing come hell or high water.

[Edited 2006-11-14 13:27:44]


"The only source of knowledge is experience." A. Einstein "Science w/o religion is lame. Religion w/o science is blind."
User currently offlineSprout5199 From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 1855 posts, RR: 2
Reply 21, posted (8 years 1 month 2 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 6428 times:

Quoting Redcordes (Reply 20):
Once I turned to final for that runway, I was landing come hell or high water.

Now that is scary. You couldnt go around? you in a glider? Sorry but this is worse than landing on the wrong runway.

Quoting Bond007 (Reply 19):
Another example, try explaining to the NTSB and FAA that it wasn't careless, running off the end of a 3000ft runway with a 20kt tailwind ... just because it was an uncontrolled airport.

Did you read the last sentence in my post?

Dan in Jupiter


User currently offlineBond007 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 5455 posts, RR: 8
Reply 22, posted (8 years 1 month 2 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 6424 times:

Quoting Sprout5199 (Reply 21):
Did you read the last sentence in my post?

Yes, I was simply commenting on the fact that you can land on the 'wrong runway' whether it's a controlled or uncontrolled airport. You seemed to imply that even though you might get issues with the FAA/NTSB, you can still choose any runway you want at an uncontrolled field. This is not the case, even if you don't end up crashing  Wink

I think we agree ... mostly  Wink


Jimbo



I'd rather be on the ground wishing I was in the air, than in the air wishing I was on the ground!
User currently offlineSprout5199 From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 1855 posts, RR: 2
Reply 23, posted (8 years 1 month 2 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 6416 times:

Quoting Bond007 (Reply 22):
I think we agree ... mostly

I think so also, just splitting hairs.

Dan in Jupiter


User currently offline3DPlanes From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 167 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 6333 times:

Quoting Bond007 (Reply 22):
You seemed to imply that even though you might get issues with the FAA/NTSB, you can still choose any runway you want at an uncontrolled field. This is not the case, even if you don't end up crashing.

Maybe I'm reading this wrong... Understanding that the "FAA is waiting to bite" and call damned near anything a "pilot error" issue, I'm not sure what other decision criteria there are...

I'm not talking about preferred runways or interfering with other traffic in the pattern.

If there's no conflict and the winds are not too out-of-whack, what -real- restrictions are there to runway selection at uncontrolled fields?

Bear in mind, at the controlled field I fly from, tower will give you (you can, of course, decline) runways that will result in crosswind takeoffs and landings just to make things easier on them, or to make your taxi shorter.

Given a similar situation at an uncontrolled field, you seem to be stating that I can't make the same choice...



"Simplicate and add lightness." - Ed Heinemann
25 Bingo : Landing at the wrong airport is fairly common in San Juan Puerto Rico. I lived in USCG Base Housing right next to Isla Grande Airport, SIG, for 2 tour
26 Post contains images Bond007 : No more restrictions, or more importantly, no less restrictions than at a controlled field. Sure you can make the same choice. My point was just that
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