Monday, June 21, 2004

I Feel MUCH Safer Now

A Northwest Airlines flight from Minneapolis mistakenly landed at Ellsworth Air Force Base in South Dakota Saturday after the pilot apparently confused the base for nearby Rapid City Regional Airport.

Passengers aboard Northwest Airlines Flight 1152 from Minneapolis knew something was awry: Nobody from the flight crew got on the intercom to welcome them to Rapid City, Out the window were barracks-like structures and military officials and then the crew told passengers to pull down their window shades.

Since the base controls the airspace for both airports, Ellsworth officials knew the plane was in the area and prepared for a landing.

Military officials questioned the crew. Eventually, the captain and first officer were replaced by a different flight crew and the 117 passengers made the short hop to the right airport, nearly four hours late.

The airstrips are within miles of each other. Ellsworth officials say the last time a commercial aircraft headed for Rapid City landed at the base was in March. They say a mechanical failure was to blame that time.

A Northwest spokesman would say only that the incident is under review, and they're not acknowledging it was pilot error. The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
Northwest Airliner Mistakenly Lands at Air Force Base

So, a commercial airliner got all the way onto the ground at a base that is home to the 28th Bomb Wing, with TWO Squadrons of B-1 bombers??

Well, no-one could have foreseen that they would use airplanes as weapons...

I wonder if Ellsworth ever looks like this, minus the water??


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