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Old 15th Jun 2005, 18:28
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Air Ambulance lands at wrong airport...

An aircraft from Aero Dienst in Germany going to Norway was supposed to pick up a patient in KristiansAnd but ended up in KristiansUnd, some 350NM to the North. The flight to Kristiansand from Kristiansund took them 1hr and 6min in what I belive was a Dornier 328.
The patient was surprised at the long wait but is apparently ok.
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Old 15th Jun 2005, 18:58
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so frickin what....this is like a tittle tattle forum for 15 yr olds. S/He went to the wrong airport with very similar names.....they didnt crash...they didnt wrap it around a pylon ...mission acomplished with a slight deviaition and the patient survivied. End of thread please.
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Old 15th Jun 2005, 19:31
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I reckon Bearcat must have done the same thing once - he's so sensitive about smo's post!
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Old 15th Jun 2005, 19:46
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"a slight deviaition"
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Old 15th Jun 2005, 20:10
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Somehow I think the crew went to the airport they were told to go to.

And I agree Bearcat.
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Old 15th Jun 2005, 20:12
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For the record I am not mocking anybody. Everything I wrote was a direct quote from the front page of Norways largest newspaper.

We have all made mistakes. I belive there was a lesson to be learned. One different letter in the name of the place was enough to cause a serious navigational error.
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Old 15th Jun 2005, 20:23
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If it was a navigational error. Wouldn't surprise me if this mistake was not made during actual flight, but earlier in the planning phase (i.e., when filing the flightplan).
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I would suggest that there wasn't a navigational error at all. Presumably a route was decided upon, a flight plan was filed and the crew followed that flight plan accurately to the place they intended to go to. The fact that where they intended to go wasn't the same place as where they were needed has nothing to do with the navigational skills of the crew. I'm with Clarence on this one. I'd wager they went to exactly the place they were told to go to.
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Old 15th Jun 2005, 20:29
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In cognitive terms no worse than a passenger using an online ticket booking service to fly to GERONA (Spain) and booking GIRONA (Italy) instead.

German crew, chartered by an insurance co, told to go to Kristiansund, Norway. Can't blame them really, sounds like duff ops to me.
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We had an AMBULANCE turn up at the wrong Belfast airport for a hospital flight last week ....is that news too? good grief!!
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I guess planning error would be a better term. It's not like ATC would let them stray off course 350NM without mentioning anything.
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Some years ago, a 12-year old boy was UM to Oakland, CA on an ANZ flight that stopped at San Diego. He stayed aboard after the Kiwi accented announcement that the next stop was Oakland to his ears -- and overnighted in Auckland
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Someone messed up during the planning phase, no harm done.
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Maybe it isn't earth shattering news,but can't see any reason for a response like Bearcat's.

He should maybe be Bearwithsorehead!
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Old 15th Jun 2005, 22:12
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Palma / Parma.

It's all been done before!

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this site is degenerating into spotters 'r'us

huh!

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Old 15th Jun 2005, 23:31
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Last week supporters of the Irish national football team arrived at Dublin airport in shorts, t-shirts and sombreros for their flight to the Faroe Islands. They thought their team were playing football in Faro.
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350 miles is a long distance. I notice that the Jeppesen charts emphasize the differences between their names i guess to prevent the wrong chart from being used. KristiansAND and KristiansUND
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The how far the towns are apart has no bearing on the issue. Told to go to either, and you make plans...it could have been as far away as aalesund, so what.

I have done the same thing. I used to fly air ambulance, and I do remember planning and heading off somewhere, and once airborne giving ops my eta. Fortunately they were on the ball and queried it (seemed a bit long), and I confirmed it back. Then ops queried that I was headed for XXXXXXX airport, then I replied, "no you told me to go to XXXXXXXY" (very similar name - 2 letters different).

Such incidents are surprisingly commonplace and have NO safety related aspects as the aircraft is always correctly fuelled and navigated to its destination. The events are hardly newsworthy

Then there was the time in outback oz when the pax queried where I was going...to XXXX I was told...and even produced the manifest from ops with XXXX on it. Much confusion, then the comment "we're to go to YYYY". No problem, except I had never been there before and it was not on any map of the area (too small).
Sheepishly I had to ask for directions.....
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One believes that some participants in this thread would be less inclined to dismiss the original incident if they'd been the patient in question and if the medical condition had been a lot more serious. One suspects then that the familiar Two-Faced Rule on PPRuNe would then come into play.
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