Delta: Pilot In Wrong Airport Landing Retired


Delta Air Lines says the pilot of a jet that landed at the wrong airport in South Dakota last year retired shortly after the incident.

Delta spokesman Michael Thomas also says the first officer underwent retraining and is back flying for the airline.

The National Transportation Safety Board blamed pilot error for the incident, noting in its final report that the flight crew had been cautioned that the two airports are close and easy to confuse.

Delta Flight 2845 from Minneapolis landed July 7 at Ellsworth Air Force Base, about 6 miles (10 kilometers) northwest of the intended destination, Rapid City Regional Airport.

The report says the two airfields have runways that nearly line up and that pilot confusion between them is “fairly common.”

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