Continental 757 lands on taxiway at EWR

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Continental 757 crew misidentified lights before taxiway landing

US investigators have concluded that misidentification of Newark's runway 29 lighting during a night-time approach led to a Continental Airlines Boeing 757-200 crew landing on a parallel taxiway.
The incident actually occurred back on October 2006, but the NTSB has only just released it's report.

This sounds pretty incredible that this could actually happen - especially if you look at the size and (somewhat) crooked nature of the taxiway to the north of runway 29 (the one that is 20 degrees off East-West) - have a look here
 

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Yikes! Lucky there was no aircraft on the taxiway. Their misunderstanding of the location of the PAPI seems odd, in that they clearly didn't read their Newark procedures properly, also the diffrence in lighting colour and end indicator lights which they must have failed to recognise all make this a bit worrying to say the least. :confused:
 

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Take off's are optional. Landings are compulsory. Any landing that you walk away from is a good landing. This sounds like a good landing to me.

As the fire crew said to the pilot of one of the "X Planes" that crashed - "What happened?". He replied - "Dunno, just got here myself".

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Ikara said:
Any landing that you walk away from is a good landing.
.... and any landing where you can use the aircraft again is a great landing. :rolleyes:
 

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straitman said:
.... and any landing where you can use the aircraft again is a great landing. :rolleyes:
So I guess QF's recent hard landing of a 717 in Darwin is not an example of this! :cool:
 

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Yada Yada said:
So I guess QF's recent hard landing of a 717 in Darwin is not an example of this! :cool:

That aircraft will fly again.
 

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oz_mark said:
That aircraft will fly again.
Really? I guess they will do one of the following:
  1. Make minor repairs, fly it once just so they can say it wasn't written off after an incident (the dreaded hull loss) and then quietly strip it for parts;
  2. Repair it properly at a cost approaching or exceeding replacement cost;

Unless they just quietly peel off the VH- sticker from the side and put it on another aircraft. ;)

I realise there is no way they will cede their mantle of zero hull losses to their main Australian competitor so they will do what it takes, even if financially or operationally irresponsible.
 
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Yada Yada said:
Really? I guess they will do one of the following:
  1. Make minor repairs, fly it once just so they can say it wasn't written off after an incident (the dreaded hull loss) and then quietly strip it for parts;
  2. Repair it properly at a cost approaching or exceeding replacement cost;
There is a third option. They may strip it for spare parts and those parts will fly again. This would be no different to VH-EBU, which is not going to be flying again after being stripped for parts and has not been considered a hull loss.
 

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Yada Yada said:
I realise there is no way they will cede their mantle of zero hull losses to their main Australian competitor so they will do what it takes, even if financially or operationally irresponsible.

The option would be to sabotage the competitors aircraft thus ensuring they do not lose that mantle to the competitor... We accuse QF of everything else why not this ;)
 

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simongr said:
The option would be to sabotage the competitors aircraft thus ensuring they do not lose that mantle to the competitor... We accuse QF of everything else why not this ;)
Well, I doubt they'd stoop that low! :rolleyes:

Glad you are not in charge of QF strategy! :p
 

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I am not a nice person and if you scratch the surface a little - I am really not a nice person. Don't forget you could still have a hull loss without loss of life ;)
 

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simongr said:
I am not a nice person and if you scratch the surface a little - I am really not a nice person.
Is that a prerequisite for being an auditor?
 

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As light follows day - I am not sure whether it is a requirement or an outcome...
 
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