Southwest Airlines Plane Lands At Wro...

Southwest Airlines Plane Lands At Wrong Airport, Almost Careens Off Cliff

There are 19 comments on the Forbes.com story from Jan 12, 2014, titled Southwest Airlines Plane Lands At Wrong Airport, Almost Careens Off Cliff. In it, Forbes.com reports that:

"We landed very abruptly with the pilot applying the brakes very hard. We smelled burnt rubber from the stop," he told me privately over Twitter.

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Since: May 08

Santee CA

#1 Jan 12, 2014
Missed the airport by 6 miles. There is no reason for that. Does someone need a nav system upgrade for their airline?
Arkmiwi

United States

#2 Jan 12, 2014
I know two people who'll be getting some extra training...if they're lucky. Seriously, WTF?
Ding

Annapolis, MD

#3 Jan 13, 2014
The current CEO is Bozo the Clown. Trickle down management.
steve

Blacksburg, VA

#4 Jan 13, 2014
How is their past record? The fact that they brought the aircraft to a safe stop says something about their skills and abilities.
Working at an airport for years, I have seen mistakes that were corrected for while landing and I never saw an accident that endangered the passengers or crew.
A rush to judgement is not in anyone's interest.
mdwrat

Mesquite, TX

#5 Jan 13, 2014
Bozo will blame the rampers at Midway for this.
Ding

Annapolis, MD

#6 Jan 14, 2014
mdwrat wrote:
Bozo will blame the rampers at Midway for this.
Blame Bozo and FO Dumb and Captain Dumber. Nice work guys~
Ding

Annapolis, MD

#7 Jan 14, 2014
steve wrote:
How is their past record? The fact that they brought the aircraft to a safe stop says something about their skills and abilities.
Working at an airport for years, I have seen mistakes that were corrected for while landing and I never saw an accident that endangered the passengers or crew.
A rush to judgement is not in anyone's interest.
Oh sure....they just made a boo-boo. Is THAT why they get paid a ton a money? To make boo-boos???? Come on...very very unprofessional.
steve

Christiansburg, VA

#8 Jan 14, 2014
Ding wrote:
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Oh sure....they just made a boo-boo. Is THAT why they get paid a ton a money? To make boo-boos???? Come on...very very unprofessional.
Sorry, I forgot I was talking to someone who never makes mistakes. The crew made a mistake and did not let that mistake end in tragedy.
Real easy to be an arm chair pilot.
junkheap

United States

#9 Jan 14, 2014
Uh, what about air traffic control at that main airport?? How could they miss that an incoming passenger airliner was not lined up to land on their runway?? I'm pretty sure that there is two way radio communication (or supposed tobe) when the jet is coming in to land... I'd start investigating that airport as well. That's OK though. The FAA in Washington will have the full scope once they listen to the flight recorder...
Ding

Annapolis, MD

#10 Jan 14, 2014
They got the CVR -and rumored a 3rd body up front with them...hope no one was yakking -during the sterile cockpit. Try and talk your way out of that one. Hello....LOI.
davep

Saint Louis, MO

#12 Jan 15, 2014
While a serious mistake, the pilots kept their heads and protected the passengers and the plane. They should receive serious consideration for their training and experience.
Lily

Irving, TX

#13 Jan 16, 2014
Last time I was on a flight the Captain had the left wing signal light on the whole flight telling traffic he was turning left. I told the stewardess but she just looked at me. I get in trouble when I drive my car like this why shouldnt they?!?!?!?
Roy

United States

#14 Jan 16, 2014
I agree Lily. That's highly unsafe in the air.
Lee

Monticello, AR

#15 Jan 19, 2014
This landing error should be a wake-up call for the FAA and Southwest to require visual confirmation from the tower even though the pilot reports he has the airport in sight and is making his approach. I was amazed to find out this was not the case. I hope they are on not too harsh on these pilots as they managed to stop this fully loaded jet in 3400 feet when in theory it was not possible according to Boeing stats. A possible disaster was averted!
Sam I Am

Cherokee Village, AR

#16 Jan 19, 2014
Lee wrote:
This landing error should be a wake-up call for the FAA and Southwest to require visual confirmation from the tower even though the pilot reports he has the airport in sight and is making his approach. I was amazed to find out this was not the case. I hope they are on not too harsh on these pilots as they managed to stop this fully loaded jet in 3400 feet when in theory it was not possible according to Boeing stats. A possible disaster was averted!
There isn't always visual confirmation what do they do then...

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Sam I Am

Cherokee Village, AR

#17 Jan 19, 2014
Lily wrote:
Last time I was on a flight the Captain had the left wing signal light on the whole flight telling traffic he was turning left. I told the stewardess but she just looked at me. I get in trouble when I drive my car like this why shouldnt they?!?!?!?
Those lights are not turn singles.

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Pilot

Windsor, Canada

#18 Jan 19, 2014
Lights on the wingtips of planes aren't turn signals.
That's a ludicrous contention. No wonder the flight attendent looked a bit quizzical when a passenger reported the turn signals inoperative..
Red light on the left wingtip, and green on the right wingtip, and they don't "blink"--remaining on at all times.
These, plus a white one on the tail and a rotating red beacon on the upper fuselage of the aircraft, are FAA mandates for all aircraft.
In addition to these mandated lights, most, if not all airplanes have white strobes on wingtips, red strobes on the belly and/or roof of the plane, or elsewhere depending on the owner or operator of the aircraft.
Pilots do not signal turns, and aircraft are not equipped with turn signal lights.
What the passenger likely saw "blinking" were strobe lights.
steve

Christiansburg, VA

#20 Jan 20, 2014
Pilot wrote:
Lights on the wingtips of planes aren't turn signals.
That's a ludicrous contention. No wonder the flight attendent looked a bit quizzical when a passenger reported the turn signals inoperative..
Red light on the left wingtip, and green on the right wingtip, and they don't "blink"--remaining on at all times.
These, plus a white one on the tail and a rotating red beacon on the upper fuselage of the aircraft, are FAA mandates for all aircraft.
In addition to these mandated lights, most, if not all airplanes have white strobes on wingtips, red strobes on the belly and/or roof of the plane, or elsewhere depending on the owner or operator of the aircraft.
Pilots do not signal turns, and aircraft are not equipped with turn signal lights.
What the passenger likely saw "blinking" were strobe lights.
Thank you your comment. The replies by some who submit a comment without any knowledge on the subject is a sad commentary on the level of understanding by armchair experts.
Put ones mind in gear before engaging ones mouth.
captjoe767

Mckinney, TX

#21 Jan 21, 2014
Lily wrote:
Last time I was on a flight the Captain had the left wing signal light on the whole flight telling traffic he was turning left. I told the stewardess but she just looked at me. I get in trouble when I drive my car like this why shouldnt they?!?!?!?
Heres your sign!

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