In 1990, I was deadheading from TPA
on one of our 727's. The flight was full in the back so I was able to get the jumpseat in the cockpit. Now this crew had been over in TXL
flying our IGS services for years and had never been to MIA
. We were cleared for a visual to 9L
with the co-pilot flying the plane. As we're passing through 5,000 feet, the engineer states that he has the runway in sight but the it's at our 10 o'clock position. Immediately the Captain shouts out "turn left heading 090" and the co-pilot complies. Now at this stage I'm looking out the front of the cockpit and clearly see MIA
off to our right in the distance. I didn't really want to "overrule " a captain but knew we had just turned onto final approach at Opa Locka instead of MIA
. I politely leaned forward and advised the Captain that I thought we were on approach to the wrong airport and pointed out MIA
's lights at 2 o'clock. Immediately the captain barked out "turn right to 180" and again the copilot complied. We landed uneventfully several minutes later and never as there a word mentioned about the event by any of the crew or for that matter any of the FAA controllers.