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DC10Tony
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Landed At The Wrong Airport- Hah!

Wed Jul 25, 2001 9:20 am

When I went into work today, my friend who worked Monday told me that an ATA L-1011 bound for Orlando International Airport (MCO), landed at ours, Orlando-Sanford International (SFB) by accident. Man that has got to be embarassing for the pilot, geez. We do have ATA service, but this L-1011 was supposed to land at MCO, not SFB.
 
jessman
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RE: Landed At The Wrong Airport- Hah!

Wed Jul 25, 2001 9:26 am

I've heard stories at work of a Delta plane bound for cvg from SFO landing in frankfort, KY. Whoops.
 
N766UA
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RE: Landed At The Wrong Airport- Hah!

Wed Jul 25, 2001 11:09 am

How do you make a mistake like that? I mean, hell... the tower would have asked who he was and why he was landing there. He would have heard something other than Orlando tower.. and he should know the difference anyway.
 
RAAFController
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RE: Landed At The Wrong Airport- Hah!

Wed Jul 25, 2001 11:54 am

About 5 years ago i was flying in the circuit in a little PA-28 at Moorabbin (Melb Aust, YMMB). It appeared to me that there was a B747 on long final. My flight instructor flicked the freq to Melbourne International, and sure enough, Alitalia 747 was lined up on the Moorabbin runway (which is less than 1.6 km long!) and complaining that he had visual but his navaids were all wrong (i mean he didn't even get it) Melb airport cleared him for a visual landing but then cancelled the clearance when they saw where he was on radar! that must have been embarassing, not to memtion the fact that it could have been a disaster!

I wonder where he thought the localiser was!
 
SSTjumbo
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RE: Landed At The Wrong Airport- Hah!

Wed Jul 25, 2001 12:54 pm

I heard something about a whatever airlines 737 landed at an abandoned army base instead of Corpus Christi Int'l.
 
IMissPiedmont
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RE: Landed At The Wrong Airport- Hah!

Wed Jul 25, 2001 1:23 pm

How about the 747 that landed at Avra Valley airport instead of Marana on DEC 29,1995? For those who don't know, E14 is a GA airport 20 miles north of Tucson and about 3 air miles south of MZJ. As MZJ has no tower, approaches are done through TUS ATC. Apparently the pilots got the wrong frequency and clicked the runway lights at E14 instead of MZJ. Since they are so close, and headings are the same, they landed. Took out most of the runway lights too. Evergreen had to send a crew down to strip the aircraft almost empty to get it off the ground.

Steve
 
ryu2
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RE: Landed At The Wrong Airport- Hah!

Wed Jul 25, 2001 1:40 pm

I recall reading about a 747 that landed near Bombay, India on an airbase with a runway about a mile long, rather than Bombay airport.

They had to strip the 747 empty, removing seats, galleys, etc in order to fly it out again.
 
crank
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RE: Landed At The Wrong Airport- Hah!

Wed Jul 25, 2001 3:12 pm

I remember, few years ago, one of my parents friend told us she was on an AF flight (747-200) to come back home in PAP (Port-Au-Prince, Haiti), the pilot thaught he was on finals for rwy 27 at PAP Intl. but no, he was on finals for rwy 27 at the closed army base. millimeters from touchdown, he realized he was about to land at the wrong airport, he than applied full power an eventually landed at PAP Intl. Fewwww they would have to take the big 747 in pieces to take it out of this junkyyard !!!!!
 
Ndebele
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RE: Landed At The Wrong Airport- Hah!

Wed Jul 25, 2001 4:08 pm

~5 years ago, a NW DC-10 landed at BRU instead of FRA. - This mistake seems to happen quite often...

Once, I was flying LHR-STR on a LH A320. The cabin crew made announcements like "Welcome aboard our flight to Frankfurt..." and later "We are now approaching Frankfurt...". But fortunately, we landed in Stuttgart (at least the pilots knew the destination of the flight). The whole cabin crew seemed to be really astonished when we arrived at the gate and they realized that this was not FRA...
 
Ralgha
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RE: Landed At The Wrong Airport- Hah!

Wed Jul 25, 2001 5:33 pm

A 707 landed at Troutdale, OR awhile back instead of Portland Intl. They had to strip it out to get it off the ground again.

Then, a couple years ago, a 737 nearly landed at Troutdale instead of Portland Intl., he figured it out before he touched though.  Big thumbs up
 
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RE: Landed At The Wrong Airport- Hah!

Wed Jul 25, 2001 6:38 pm

lol Funny Stories.
 
trickijedi
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RE: Landed At The Wrong Airport- Hah!

Thu Jul 26, 2001 12:11 am

DC10Tony,

Is there a link where I can read more about that? That's just too funny!!!
 
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RE: Landed At The Wrong Airport- Hah!

Thu Jul 26, 2001 12:32 am

Years ago, around 8pm a UA 747 bound for LAX was preparing to land at the Hawthorne airport instead! For those of you not from Southern, Ca, Hawthorne airport is tiny little airport with nothing but prop planes and company jets. If the pilot had landed the jumbo there, the results would have been catasrophic! THANK GOD THE CONTROLLER STOPPED IT.
 
DC10Tony
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Trickijedi

Thu Jul 26, 2001 2:02 am

I strongly doubt there was an article done on it. I doubt ATA wants bad publicity because they inaugurated service at SFB just a month ago. My friend told me the pilot docked at the gate, got out and did a "walk-around" of the plane, and played it off like nothing had happened, then got fuel and took off like 30 min. later.
 
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RE: Landed At The Wrong Airport- Hah!

Thu Jul 26, 2001 2:35 am

IMissPiedmont, I think that was on Christmas Eve of 1995.

I graduated Marana High School in 1987 which is about 5 miles south of Avra Valley. I saw a newspaper article about the incident in the office of the SDL flight school a couple of years ago. I haven't been able to find any information about it other than that though...

 
TWA717_200
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RE: Landed At The Wrong Airport- Hah!

Thu Jul 26, 2001 2:42 am

Actually, I did find a little more info here:

http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/jacdec_j/special.htm

You'll have to scroll down a ways to find it.
 
corocks
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RE: Landed At The Wrong Airport- Hah!

Thu Jul 26, 2001 2:49 am

The one that landed in Corpus Christi at the old airbase was a Continental jet. However, I think it was an MD-80. This happened about the same time that a DC-9 landed in Houston with the gear up on accident.
 
N766UA
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RE: Landed At The Wrong Airport- Hah!

Thu Jul 26, 2001 3:03 am

Once again.. how do you make such a mistake? Don't these guys read the charts? As long as it's not full IFR with 2 mile visibility you should be able to realize that the airport looks smaller than the other, abandoned, or just not right.
 
godbless
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RE: Landed At The Wrong Airport- Hah!

Thu Jul 26, 2001 3:11 am

Not only did a NW DC-10 fly into BRU instead of FRA but once also to DUS! It must have been around 1995 to 1997. The plane took off again very soon going to the right destination. I would like to know what the pilot told the passengers...

Regards,
Max
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albatross
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RE: Landed At The Wrong Airport- Hah!

Thu Jul 26, 2001 5:27 am

The Continental flight that landed at wrong airport on Corpus was a B737-500 with a Check Airman doing IOE.
As incredible as it may sound, what with all the new technology on-board, it really is not that difficult a thing to do. The common denominator in most of these incidents is VFR conditions, the other airport having runway that is aligned with the landing runway. Crew then calls runway in sight and it goes from there.
 
teva
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RE: Landed At The Wrong Airport- Hah!

Thu Jul 26, 2001 5:33 am

About 10 years ago, a Turkish aircraft landed at Bretigny/orge, a French Air force base used to test new aircraft (civilian and military)instead of Paris-Orly.

The reasons???
The 2 airports are close, and the weather was bad.

Nana.....
 
strickerje
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RE: Landed At The Wrong Airport- Hah!

Thu Jul 26, 2001 7:19 am

I used to live by the little Madison airport (Bruce Campbell Field, MBO) here in Madison, MS. About 10 years ago, I saw a Delta 727 that was *supposed* to be heading into Jackson International (KJAN) apparently trying to land at the Madison airport. (Which is odd, seeing as it's a 4000 foot runway and the biggest plane we have there is a KingAir 300 series) Moments later, it gunned the engines and took off again, passing over our house relatively close to the ground. It turned out that, since Jackson International Airport is about 7 miles away, he just accidentally headed into the wrong place. Good thing he noticed the runway was too short to land... (By the way, in case you're wondering, since I was a little kid then, I do know that that's what happened, since it was also in the local newspaper the next morning.)

-Jeffrey Stricker
 
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RE: Landed At The Wrong Airport- Hah!

Thu Jul 26, 2001 8:28 am

Hey, I Miss Piedmont(so do I) a Piedmont Missed the airport also, back in the mid to late 80's a Piedmont 737-200 landed at Daniels Field in Augusta, GA with a full load of passengers. He was supposed to come into Bush Field, but landed at Daniels about 10 miles to the northeast.
 
mandargb
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RE: Landed At The Wrong Airport- Hah!

Thu Jul 26, 2001 10:48 am

Few years ago in MADRAS, INDIA a PIA (I think it was a) airbus landed at the nearby military air base rather then landing on MADRAS International.
 
lehpron
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RE: Landed At The Wrong Airport- Hah!

Thu Jul 26, 2001 10:55 am

Has anyone ever thought that we should convert these abandoned military bases into airports to perhaps relieve the air traffic congestion problem?

Or is NIMBY too much for y'all?

Not even I want to see a concrete countryside...

Lehpron
 
Miguel
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RE: Landed At The Wrong Airport- Hah!

Thu Jul 26, 2001 11:02 am

Near Lisbon airport there is a military base (Montijo). The main rwy in Lisbon is 03 and at Montijo there is rwy 05. Well, what you are thinking, according to the topic, happened. And it happened twice! First one was a KLM, many years ago and I don't know the details and second, in mid 80's, was an Iberia B727. This one landed at the military base early in the mornig and left to Lisbon about lunch time...
Miguel
 
IMissPiedmont
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RE:TWA717_200

Thu Jul 26, 2001 1:22 pm

When I was younger, I heard that memory was the first thing to go. I didn't bother checking because I was so sure of the date. Now I'm worried about what I was told left after memory. I think I should call a monestary tommorow to see if they have any openings. God I'll miss women.  Laugh out loud Regardless, thanks for the correction and the link to a good research site. I have to go fix myself a nice cup of Geritol now, later.

Steve
 
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RE: Landed At The Wrong Airport- Hah!

Fri Jul 27, 2001 5:28 am

Mandargb are you sure it was a PIA aircraft? As far as I know PIA have never served Madras.
 
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RE: Landed At The Wrong Airport- Hah!

Fri Jul 27, 2001 7:18 am

ya think he would have noticed as sfb is a dump of an airport and i mean a dump!!!!!!
 
DC10Tony
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BA-747

Fri Jul 27, 2001 11:26 pm

Have you been to SFB before?
 
Heinz
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RE: BA-747

Sat Jul 28, 2001 2:37 am

Some of the older readers may still know Spain's notorious Spantax.
On their first (I think...) Convair 990 Coronado flight to Germany, some time around 1970, they flew to Hamburg-Finkenwerder instead of HAM-Fühlsbüttel. This was before Airbus and Finkenwerder's runway was still short.
On another occsasion, on 04APR78, they "landed" a CV990A (EC-CNG) at Cologne without landing gear.
The reason (yes, it's true...): the cockpit crew had FORGOTTEN to extend the landing gear !
Only because by pure chance the CGN airport fire brigade were just having an exercise, and thus the ensuing fire could quickly be extinguished.
 
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RE: Landed At The Wrong Airport- Hah!

Sat Jul 28, 2001 2:54 am

Some years ago a B727 of Air Charter of France landed in Jordan instead of Israel... it was a big trouble because the political situation between those countries was really bad in those times!!!!

*******
 
darrell
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RE: Landed At The Wrong Airport- Hah!

Sat Jul 28, 2001 11:02 am

In 1968 a United DC-8 landed by mistake at the Troutdale (TTD) airport 7 miles east of Portland, Oregon. At the time, TTD was about 4000 feet long and uncontrolled. Troutdale uses runway 25 while Portland uses 28. The pilot came in over the Cascade Mountains, saw the runway lights of Troutdale, and landed. The passengers were bussed to Portland and the plane had to be stripped of almost everything to get it off the ground. The Captain, whose name I don't recall, lost his job with United. The passengers, who were arriving from Chicago, must have thought Portland was some kind of little Hick town when they saw the cows grazing along the side of the runway.
 
AirOne
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RE: Landed At The Wrong Airport- Hah!

Sat Jul 28, 2001 11:18 am

Hi,

This same kind of incedent happened at Columbus, OH. Way back when Trans World AIrlines was flying the B707, it was an ordinary usual route from St. Louis to Columbus, OH. Instead of landing at Port Columbus International, they landed at Don Scott- Ohio State University Field. Even thought Don Scott is the third busist airport in Ohio, it only takes props and small private jets. Anyway, they had to strip the B707 to lift it back out. In the Don Scott terminal there are pictures of the B707 on the ramp.

AirOne
 
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RE: Landed At The Wrong Airport- Hah!

Sat Jul 28, 2001 11:25 am

I heard a story about a Continental plane that was supposed to land at DEN but accidentaly landed at SFO. That had to suck!
 
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RE: Landed At The Wrong Airport- Hah!

Sat Jul 28, 2001 2:30 pm

Does DEN = Denver?

How could a pilot have possibly mistaken SFO for Denver???
 
MAS777
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RE: Landed At The Wrong Airport- Hah!

Sat Jul 28, 2001 10:01 pm

That Northwest DC10 that landed in Brussels by mistake - also landed in the wrong COUNTRY - instead of touching down at Frankfurt... makes you wonder.
 
Adam84
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RE: Landed At The Wrong Airport- Hah!

Sat Jul 28, 2001 10:17 pm

Woah woah. How in the hell could a plane "accidentally" land in BRU instead of FRA. I could understand acidentally landing at a airport 1 mile away. But to acidentally land around 200 miles away?

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