Happens often enough (AY aborted a TW lift off in HK some years ago), crazy as it seems. Should never happen. Never. Pilots should be immediately fired for that. A wrong turn can happen, not an attempted take off, after a wrong turn, neglecting charts, signs and professional familiarity. And if the clues of a much narrower only 30m wide TW with completely different markings is not enough.. time to go and take the office job.
One can sometimes observe those types of pilots at airports, those that do not really look serious, professional, alert, well mannered, social, and with a positive demeanor. Pilots who perform their job with only a minimum of care and seriousness, by the (less than expert) book, and out for the perks and the misses. Their head not where it should be. Not in love with their job. Sadly, unavoidable in the age of ever more flights and increasing number of hastily trained recruits.
The age of the Sullenbergers is over and I fear consequences are near.
No, firing people is not the solution to the issue. Airlines and regulators have been working hard to create a just and fair culture. If people are faced with the threat of losing their livelihood and income for their family at the first mistake they will attempt to cover things up and/or fail to report things that the airline or regulator should be aware of.
I’m not saying there should never be ramifications for ones actions, but, generalized firing of flight crews who make mistakes will not increase safety but instead erode it quickly.
As for “The age of the Sullenbergers” being over I strongly disagree. There are plenty of excellent and well trained pilots out there. I know old pilots I love and old pilots I’d never want to fly with. The same can be said about young pilots as well. As with anything involving humans there is no binary switch but instead a wide spectrum of skill talent. That spectrum has changed a lot less in the past 20-30 years than you seem to think.
Been on: 320, 321, 333, 733, 73G, 738, 739, 744, 752, 763, 764, 772, 789, C208, CR7, CR9, BE20, MD83, MD88, MD90, E70, E75, E90, TRIM
Flown: SEEKER, C150M C172N, C172R, C172S, C182RG, DA40, PA-46