OH DEAR WRONG AIRFIELD!!!

Ryanair flight lands at wrong airport

A Ryanair flight has garnered media attention for landing at the wrong airport. Flight 9884 from Liverpool to the City of Derry Airport landed five miles away at the Ballykelly Camp army airfield. News report say the 38 passengers at first thought the pilot was joking when he said that they had landed at the wrong airport, but figured out that he was telling the truth when they saw army officers outside. The passengers had to wait to get off the plane because airport staff had to bring the landing steps over by road.

Ryanair said in a statement last night that the pilot had been cleared by air traffic control for a visual approach to City of Derry Airport, but the pilot mistook the Ballykelly Camp for the airport. They are investigating the incident.
 

Arcadain

Badgeman
ISn't the City of Derry airport not like, RIGHT BESIDE the city, and no where near 5 miles away in the middle of nowhere like Ballykelly?
 

Neptune

Newbie
Ballykelly, now "Shackleton Barracks," was known in the '60s as "Puckoon International Field," for the Spike Milligan fans amongst us. The differences between Ballykelly and Derry Airport are huge, not least the Lough to the West and a bloody great mountain 'Ben Twitch' to the East of the Main runway. It is (allegedly) the only aerodrome in the world where a sheep has been killed by a train on the main runway!

In 1969 it became a happy tri-service base when 8 Brigade arrived to join 819 Squadron RN and the two resident RAF Shackleton (Maritime) squadrons. Happy hours on Fridays were legendary. The newly arrived Brigadier was so impressed by the free barrel of beer provided by the Crabs at the end of their tours (usually two to three years) that he let it be known that he would like his officers to make the same gesture. Several Majors joined in the spirit of things, despite their stint at Ballykelly being one month or less!

Happy days!!! 8)
 

Old_Hand

Lantern Swinger
Happy days indeed, I spent 6 months on 819 SQN in 1970 and had wonderful times in Limavady and Derry. It worked well as a Tri-service base except when the Black Watch came to stay. They tended to wreak havoc wherever they went on the base and surrounding area. Good to have on your side in a rumble though.
 
There was a story of a Pan Am 707 putting down on Northolt instead of Heathrow in the late 60's having mistaken Southall Gasometer for Hounslow Gasometer which at that time was used as a line up point for Heathrow.

Mabe just a dit, do our flyboys know.

Found on Google

Operationally constrained by its proximity to the much larger civilian airport at Heathrow Airport, Exception Handler: No article summary found.at least two pilots have confused the two during their final approaches, Exception Handler: No article summary found.Two pilots of Boeing 707 jetliners mistakenly flew approaches to Northolt's shorter runway after they had been cleared to land at Heathrow Airport (London heathrow airport , often referred to simply as heathrow, is the united kingdoms busiest and best-connected...)


Nutty
 

wysiwyg

Lantern Swinger
Nutty said:
There was a story of a Pan Am 707 putting down on Northolt instead of Heathrow in the late 60's having mistaken Southall Gasometer for Hounslow Gasometer which at that time was used as a line up point for Heathrow.



Nutty

make that South Harrow gasometer rather that Southall!!! It even had a big white NO on the flightpath side. No longer there (the gasometer that is).
 
wysiwyg said:
Nutty said:
There was a story of a Pan Am 707 putting down on Northolt instead of Heathrow in the late 60's having mistaken Southall Gasometer for Hounslow Gasometer which at that time was used as a line up point for Heathrow.



Nutty

make that South Harrow gasometer rather that Southall!!! It even had a big white NO on the flightpath side. No longer there (the gasometer that is).


South Harrow to Southall is not that far for a submariner even if the difference is important to you WAFU types. Tannoy on Truncheon, circa 1967, when surfacing in the Eastern Atlantic from the Captain. "Bridge-Helm steer Course 090. flash up SeaGuard (Radar) infom me when Ireland appears on the screen"

Now that precise Navigation.

Nutty
 

sidon55

Lantern Swinger
The next Ryanair into Derry got the airport right but it was 3 hours late. Could be he spent that time trying to make up his mind which was the correct aiport

Ryan being an Irish name, Derry of course being in N.I. Nuff sed
 
sidon55 said:
The next Ryanair into Derry got the airport right but it was 3 hours late. Could be he spent that time trying to make up his mind which was the correct aiport

Ryan being an Irish name, Derry of course being in N.I. Nuff sed

Nickle Arris

RyanAir landing at Londonderry Airport:

Co Pilot. "God look how short that runway is"

Pilot. "No problem, as soon as the wheels touch give it full throttle with the deflectors out and brakes hard on we will stop in time"

They hit the runway full reverse thrust and brakes, stopping just before the grass.

Co-pilot to Pilot. "It may be fecking short but just look how wide it is".

or was that a Quantas Jet?

Nutty
 
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