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How does a pilot miss an entire airport?

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TonyB

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I am not a pilot but I would have thought it wasn't that hard to find the actual airport? This fortunately turned out ok, but I imagine the outcome could have been a disaster :shock:

http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5744,18661747%5E29677,00.html

IT was Ryanair that pioneered the art of flying passengers to some far-flung airfields and telling them they had arrived in one of Europe's loveliest cities.

So it should have come as no surprise to travellers on board Flight 9884 from Liverpool to Derry, in Northern Ireland, when they landed not in the city but Ballykelly Camp instead - an army airfield 8km away.

Ryanair passengers are also accustomed to not having an air-bridge to get them inside the terminal, but in this case they didn't even have any steps to get them off the jet. Luckily, the flight's original destination was close enough for ground staff to bring the steps by road to the army base.

Britain's Civil Aviation Authority began an investigation on Wednesday into how the civilian Airbus carrying 39 passengers and six crew touched down at the virtually disused base, better known as Shackleton Barracks, outside Derry.
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TonyB said:
I am not a pilot but I would have thought it wasn't that hard to find the actual airport? This fortunately turned out ok, but I imagine the outcome could have been a disaster :shock:

http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5744,18661747%5E29677,00.html

IT was Ryanair that pioneered the art of flying passengers to some far-flung airfields and telling them they had arrived in one of Europe's loveliest cities.

So it should have come as no surprise to travellers on board Flight 9884 from Liverpool to Derry, in Northern Ireland, when they landed not in the city but Ballykelly Camp instead - an army airfield 8km away.

Ryanair passengers are also accustomed to not having an air-bridge to get them inside the terminal, but in this case they didn't even have any steps to get them off the jet. Luckily, the flight's original destination was close enough for ground staff to bring the steps by road to the army base.

Britain's Civil Aviation Authority began an investigation on Wednesday into how the civilian Airbus carrying 39 passengers and six crew touched down at the virtually disused base, better known as Shackleton Barracks, outside Derry.
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Hey Tony B,

I am a pilot and it's really not that difficult to do.

Don't tell me, you've never taken a wrong turn when driving your car.
 

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Hi Clifford,

Please tell me you rely on more than a street directory? :D I have kinda been putting some faith in what I had hoped was some fairly advanced navigational equipment, especailly when a $40 GPS can get me to within a couple of metres of where I want to go.

Having said that, I do appreciate that people make mistakes (I would just prefer to think of the captain of a commercial aircraft as a little more infallable than most - at least when it comes to landing :wink: )
 

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The running rabit strobe lights in Melbourne were put in after a few airliners tried to land at Essendon rather than tulla.
 
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It is probably only a matter of time before someone attempts to land on Coronation drive in Brisbane after the addition of what almost looks like runway lighting at night.
 

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I think you will find that things like this happen more than you think. Certainly I have read various stories of planes lined up to land at the wrong airport, but someone notices before things go really wrong.

You need to understand, people make mistakes, and most of the time they are picked up and corrected before anything terribly bad happens.

In this case, I am sure the ivestigation will result in some actions to help ensure it doesn;t happen again.
 

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TonyB said:
... especailly when a $40 GPS can get me to within a couple of metres of where I want to go.
Please tell me where I can get one of those $40 GPS things. All that I have seen, especially any that are WAAS capable (needed for accuracy down to a couple of metres, but only works in North America, EGNOS now available in UK) are way more expensive than $40.
 

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clifford said:
Don't tell me, you've never taken a wrong turn when driving your car.
Many wrong turns but always end up at the desired destination.
 
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