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    Northwest jet lands at U.S. air base by mistake; passengers told not to peek

    Canadian Press June 21, 2004

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - A Northwest Airlines flight that was headed to Rapid City, S.D., landed a few kilometres off course at Ellsworth Air Force Base, and passengers had to wait in the plane for more than three hours while their crew was interrogated.

    Passengers on Northwest Flight 1152, an Airbus A-319 from St. Paul, expected to be welcomed to Rapid City Regional Airport on Saturday, but after about five minutes they were told to close their window shades and not look out, said passenger Robert Morrell.

    "He (the pilot) hemmed and he hawed and he said 'We have landed at an air force base a few miles from the Rapid City airport and now we are going to figure out how we're going to get from here to there,' " Morrell told the St. Paul Pioneer Press by cellphone during the delay Saturday.

    Eventually, the captain and first officer were replaced by a different Northwest crew for the short hop to the right airport.

    Northwest confirmed that the crew made an "unscheduled landing."

    "The situation is under review and we have nothing further to add," said Northwest spokesman Kurt Ebenhoch. He would not identify the cockpit crew, or say if the pilot made an error.

    Ellsworth controls all air space 65 kilometres around the base and clears landings at both the civilian airport and the base.

    The city's airport runway is "just over the hill" from Ellsworth, and the Northwest crew had to descend through a layer of clouds, said a base spokeswoman, Lieut. Christine Millette.

    The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration is investigating.

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    (Eagan-AP) -- Northwest Airlines says two pilots who landed a
    plane at the wrong airport in South Dakota will be kept from flying
    pending an investigation.
    The airline and the Federal Aviation Administration are
    investigating why the flight carrying 117 passengers to Rapid City
    veered off course on Saturday and landed at nearby Ellsworth Air
    Force Base.
    The F-A-A investigation is likely to take several weeks to a
    month.
    Flight eleven-52 from Minneapolis to Rapid City was on the
    ground for more than three hours as the pilots told Air Force
    security officers what went wrong. A new crew was dispatched to
    continue the flight to Rapid City Regional Airport.
    Each passenger was given a coupon for a free flight.


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    From the great land of Minneapolis/St. Paul (where I live):

    The report is correct, a plane did indeed land at the Air Force Base instead of at the airport. The pilots have been suspended pending further investigation. The reason they say they landed there, was that they had just come out of a large storm system full of clouds and the saw the runway and believed it was the one they were supposed to land on, not the AF runway.

    So there you go...

    Next?????

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    So much for DMB, ILS, LORAN, DF, radar tracking, auto pilot....... such wonderful inventions when used correctly
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    Obviously, if they just came through a storm system, with limited visibility...they were operating on IFR rules....and should have acquired the airport's localizer before assuming anything. No excuses here....they risked a serious runway accident by making that assumption.
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    If you ask me, they're lucky they didn't get shot out of the sky.....

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    Originally posted by dmleblanc
    If you ask me, they're lucky they didn't get shot out of the sky.....
    Ya no kidding, and you guys south 'o da border are a whole lot more inclined to "shoot first and talk later" especially on a defence establishment.

    This one is a real bad case of "OOOPPPSSS... Say, Clem which airfield did you say we were landing at?"
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    If I'm not mistaken Ellsworth AFB is a B-1 base! You think those big black bombers might have goven a clue something was "amiss"? LOL I'm sure the SP's removed all doubt soon enough though.

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