C-17 Lands at the Wrong Airport

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Ooopsy daisy. The Air Force isn't yet calling Friday's incident an accident, but that hasn't kept anyone from jumping to conclusions. After all, who among us hasn't nodded off at the $200 million wheel? Who will cast the first Chinook? "I'm quite sure the crew was embarrassed," said Deric Dymerski, president of Atlas Aviation, the company that runs ground operations at Peter O. Knight Airport. "They weren't on our frequency. They just showed up. "They obviously, well, I'm speculating, mistook it — all appearances are they mistook the airport for MacDill Air Force Base." The aircraft, as wide as a football field and as tall as a five-story building, was headed to the base after supporting Central Command operations in southwest Asia, according to the Air Mobility Command at Scott Air Force Base in Illinois. Read more at http://www.tampabay.com/news/military/macdill/c-17s-landing-at-wrong-airport-elicits-theories-but-few-facts/1241869

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  1. redanzey
    redanzey Jul 31, 2012

    I can see the confusion. MacDill is 500' wide, on a peninsula, surrounded by water on three side and a HUGE base. Peter O Knight? Come on. They screwed up big time! I was stationed and flew out of MacDill.

  2. 7th_Psyops.Gp
    7th_Psyops.Gp Aug 02, 2012

    Pilots motto of the C-17 "We don't need no stinking airstrip". Gotta love those planes.

  3. 15895648
    15895648 Aug 04, 2012

    I don’t see how that mistake, MacDill’s runway is three times longer than Peter O Knight’ runway. Also, I would assume there is a TACAN at MacDill that they should have tuned in even if the weather was VFR as a backup. What was MacDill tower doing? I assume they cleared him to land and yet apparently did not have visual contact with him.

  4. 5300024
    5300024 Oct 19, 2012

    Well, if nothing else,it proves the STOL capabilities of the C-17. Bet the pucker factor in the cockpit was intense on takeoff, though

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