Southwest grounds pilots who landed jet at wrong airport

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bobinmo wrote:

Those Atlas Air pilots must have had a pucker up moment when they dropped that 747 on half as much runway (6,101 v/s 12,000). We’ve always known it’s computers that fly the plane but you’d think the Southwest pilots might have noticed the Downtown Airport terrain had a slightly different view not to mention around 40% less runway. The line to the lavatory must have been halfway down the aisle.

Jan 14, 2014 9:30am EST  --  Report as abuse
MarkmBha1 wrote:

This is a HUGE mistake.
The captain (15 years flying) and co-pilot will not be flying anytime soon.

Jan 14, 2014 12:54pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Shuny wrote:

Didn’t they watch their instruments or did they set them for the wrong airport? Each airport has its own homing beacon. If you are off course the needle is not pointing to your destination.

Jan 14, 2014 3:52pm EST  --  Report as abuse
JoePublic wrote:

Actually, they set it properly and would have reached their destination without any problem. But the pilot chose to dispute what his and the airports instruments, as well as air traffic control were telling him, before manually landing the plane in nearby Hollister, MO.

Jan 20, 2014 1:45am EST  --  Report as abuse
JoePublic wrote:

Actually, they set it properly and would have reached their destination without any problem. But the pilot chose to dispute what his and the airports instruments, as well as air traffic control were telling him, before manually landing the plane in nearby Hollister, MO.

Jan 20, 2014 1:45am EST  --  Report as abuse
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