C-17 Landing at Wrong Airport Blamed on Fatigue
Update: The Stars and Stripes reports on the corrective actions put in place to prevent future aircraft from misidentifying the runways.
The crew of a military cargo jet landed at the wrong airport in Tampa in July, in part, because of fatigue, complacency and a lack of flight discipline, an Air Force investigation has found.
Fortunately, the crew realized their error and were able to stop before the end of the very short runway. The article also notes General James Mattis, the leader of US Central Command, was on the airplane at the time. He seemed to have an understanding attitude:
“It was just human error,” Mattis wrote. “I’ve made a lot of mistakes in my time, and some were real doozies (worse than landing at the wrong airstrip). The Marine Corps kept their sense of humor throughout my checkered career and allowed me to move onward and upward.”
Repeated at the Stars and Stripes.