12 Responses

  1. James
    James at |

    Pilots were to blame? Sure! But why the pilot have to think they were wrong since ATC clearly gave them green light to land?

    Or maybe the ATC was overworked and underpaid, as those are common reasons for people in this industry who didn’t do their job but kept getting paid….

    1. Tony
      Tony at |

      The pilots were to blame because they were the ones flying the plane and lined up for the wrong runway. How would the ATC controllers (at nighttime) know that the plane was lined up with the parallel taxiway and not the actual runway? Radar does not show pin-point positions which is why visual approaches are generally done. This was a case of an unskilled pilot that nearly caused a major catastrophe. Even rookie pilots can make out what is obviously a runway vs a taxiway. The lighting is completely different and obvious. Runways actually have a long string of lights and arrows pointing towards the runway, while taxiways are nearly dark.

      1. James
        James at |

        Surely you missed my point or can’t read english that well….

        1. T
          T at |

          Not sure if you are trying to troll. The ATC gave them permission to land on the *runway*. They certainly did not give the pilots permission to land on the *taxiway*.

          1. Seth Miller
            Seth Miller at |

            And ATC is also partly responsible for awareness of the location of the aircraft and noticing when they’re out of position.

            Again, shared blame. Lots of opportunities to fix the mess and fortunately one of them was taken.

  2. Matthew Skok
    Matthew Skok at |

    You mean the NTSB releases? The press release (https://ntsb.gov/news/press-releases/Pages/pr20170802.aspx) is from NTSB, not FAA.

    1. Austin
      Austin at |

      The NTSB is a part of the FAA

      1. Joseph
        Joseph at |

        No it isn’t

  3. swag
    swag at |

    What exactly does “minimum altitude of 59 feet over the taxiway” mean? Is that measured from cockpit height? From the bottom of the fuselage? The bottom of the landing gear? Usually when we’re talking about aircraft altitude, these differences are just rounding errors, but in a case like this, could really matter.

  4. Sice
    Sice at |

    Wow, what a mess. Agreed that ATC should have seen it, especially that the plane was lined up incorrectly miles out. I’m not a pilot but wouldn’t an onboard system also alert to the incorrect bearing?