Delta Airlines Jet Lands at the Wrong South Dakota Airport
This is how I imagine the conversation sounded between the pilot and his passengers on Delta Airlines Flight 2845 from Minneapolis to Rapid City on the afternoon of Thursday, July 7, 2016.
"Attention passengers, this is your captain speaking, we will be landing in just a few minutes at Rapid City Regional Airport. The current temp now in Rapid City is 87 degrees under a partly cloudy sky. At this time we ask that you turn off all your electronic devices, and restore your tray tables to their upright position for landing. From all of us at Delta, we want to thank you for flying with us today. We certainly hope you enjoyed your flight."
Then minutes later around 4:45 PM, "Attention passengers, this is your captain again, we have landed, just not in Rapid City. Somehow we have touched down at Ellsworth Air Force Base in Box Elder instead. Please remain seated until we figure out what exactly is going on. Sorry for the inconvenience. Again, thank you for flying with Delta."
As crazy as it may sound, Delta Flight 2845 bound from Minneapolis, Minnesota to Rapid City, South Dakota somehow landed at the wrong airport last Thursday.
The plane carrying 130 passengers ended up at a military base about 6 miles away from its actual destination, and Delta is trying to figure out why.
According to CNN, the runways for the two airports are oriented in a similar direction.
Passengers on board had to wait a few hours before the plane was cleared for take off to the correct destination. Once they did finally land in Rapid City, the passengers were able to disembark a few minutes later.
The National Transportation Safety Board has opened an investigation to find out how the error took place.
Meanwhile, Delta has apologized for the inconvenience. Do you suppose the passengers got a few free airline miles out of that one?
Source: The Cubic Lane