Flight Crew Relieved From Duty Following Landing at Wrong Airport

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  1. garyst16
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    Continental Connection Flight 3222, which originated from Houston, was bound for Lake Charles, La., with 23 passengers and three Colgan Air crew members aboard on Sept. 7. The aircraft, however, landed some eight miles away at Southland Field, a private airport to the west in Carlyss, La.

    Per standard procedure, the crew has been relieved of duty while an investigation is conducted, Howell's statement continued. At no time was passenger safety in question, she said.
    While the exact cause of the incident remains under investigation, Howell said an air traffic controller in Houston had cleared the pilot for a visual approach after crewmembers advised that they had the field in sight.

     
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    My favorite part of the story is that this happens a lot:

    According to Sam Larsh, Southland Field Airport Manager, it happened twice in the mid 1990s.
    "This is the third time it's happened," Larsh said. "An airline pilot is flying by an instrument flight plan and they are supposed to land on runway 15 in Lake Charles. On a crystal clear night like last night (Wednesday), it's the first runway lights they come upon after being in pitch black between Houston and here.

    http://www.sulphurdailynews.com/fea...t-lands-in-Carlyss-by-mistake-Wednesday-night
     
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    500 mile minimum for the 8 mile tag from Southland Field to Lake Charles? Sounds like a great deal to me!
     
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    And 1,000 RDM. And since the flight would be free, that makes it the perfect deal.
     
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    They rode on a bus and presumably had no flight number, thus no miles :(
     
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    Would've loved to have ears on that plane and hear the FA or pilot's announcement to the passengers...
     
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    The no flight number part is a bummer. SFO-SJC by bus used to yield 500 miles. :)
     
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    This actually happened once before on a IAH-LCH CO flight in 1993 (with an ATR I think)
     
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    Cooper: "Hey, this isn't where I parked my car!"
     
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  12. ..waiting for the first post pointing blame at Jeff :)
     
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    Dude, where's my car?
     
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    Close! Same genre...
    Any other guesses??
     
  15. Steve GadFly
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    Eurotrip!
     
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    You got it!
     
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    Bravo, Steve GadFly! You know your Oscar caliber movies!
     
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    Well, it is Jeff's fault for employing a company who does not have pilots that can land at the right airport :p
     
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    Viewing party at my house! After "Eurotrip", we can all watch "Freddy Got Fingered" :eek:
     
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    And even though we are a day late, you can't forget Friday :p
     

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