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    Default Northwest A319 makes perfect landing...at wrong airport

    In a recent AP report, Northwest Airlines Flight 1152, flying an A319, heading to Rapid City SD landed a few miles away, at Ellsworth AFB. The weather was overcast, with no precipitation.

    The passengers expecting to be welcomed by loved ones, insted were instructed to close their window shades and not look out. The NWA pilot told the passengers that "We have landed a few miles from Rapid City Airport and now we are going to figure out how we're going to get out of here." The cockpit crew was later interogated for three hours.

    A different NWA crew flew the short hop to the right airport. A Northwest spokesman confirmed the aircraft made an "Unscheduled Landing."

    I guess it can happen to the best of us.
    John T.

    BTW I'm aware there is another post covering this, but I figure, with a mistake this big it deserves another thread.

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    Default RE: Northwest A319 makes perfect landing...at wrong airport

    It sounds like the dumbest mistake in the world, but I hear that happens quiet a bit. More often to private pilots. I guess if you've ever taken the wrong exit off the highway, it's not much harder to land at the wrong airport. For the most part they all look the same.

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    Default RE: Northwest A319 makes perfect landing...at wrong airport

    Maybe we should contain all this to one thread---Link Expired

    Darrell

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