Report: Pilot in 747 wrong-airport landing in Kansas kept quiet about runway doubts

  • Article by: Associated Press
  • Updated: January 7, 2014 - 2:16 PM

WICHITA, Kan. — One of the pilots of a Boeing 747 that landed at the wrong airport in Kansas in November wasn't sure they were landing at the right place, according a trade publication that obtained a copy of a training video that described what happened.

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jee7654Jan. 7, 14 2:39 PM

A second set of eyes is useless if they are not connected to a mouth.

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gandalf48Jan. 7, 14 3:03 PM

This is a problem with the culture in an airline, a first officer should feel free to point out errors that the captain might be making. Usually it's a specific problem with specific captains on an ego trip...it's hard for them to admit they are wrong.

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JvonkorffJan. 7, 14 3:21 PM

Sometimes one discovers doubts at a time when it would be inconvenient to act on those doubts.

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DufferHJan. 7, 14 4:44 PM

It's important to know who was at the controls -- pilot or co-pilot. If it was the pilot, the co-pilot might have been reluctant to speak up.

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i812b4Jan. 7, 14 5:18 PM

The captain will take-off and land the plane the vast majority of the time. The very same thing happens in the business world. A boss with a big ego will make a decision and an underling will be afraid to speak up.

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carlbsJan. 7, 14 5:19 PM

It's hard to make judgements regarding the copilot keeping his mouth shut. With the pilot -- who is used to the computer handling all but immediate landing duties -- concentrating on his instruments to get them close. Maybe it was a judgement call by the first officer to let the captain handle the minor emergency without distractions. After all, a safe landing was the result and I bet a seasoned pilot can tell from the air that the number of landing lights (and thus runway length) are adequate for his plane. What peeks my curiosity is the lack of communication between the ATCs and control tower with the pilots.

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badguyiiJan. 8, 1411:36 PM

sounds to me like everything worked out. the guy did his job and the plane landed safely. what I read is they did not trust their intermittent signals they were receiving.

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badguyiiJan. 8, 1411:38 PM

sounds to me like everything worked out. the guy did his job and the plane landed safely. what I read is they did not trust their intermittent signals they were receiving.

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fwallenJan. 11, 14 9:40 AM

Sounds just like when I'm driving using my GPS, and my wife is sure it's wrong so she tells me to ho right when theGPS says right. Being a veteran married guy I follow her lead and end up at least 9miles from the destination.

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