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Aircraft landed on opposite runway to that cleared for!

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Old 6th Oct 2013, 12:26
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Aircraft landed on opposite runway to that cleared for!

Incident: Kabo B742 at Sokoto on Oct 4th 2013, touched localizer antenna on approach and burst body gear tyres

A B742 on a Hajj flight in Nigeria landed on the opposite runway to that cleared, struck the localiser and damaged a number of tyres.
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Old 6th Oct 2013, 12:37
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Are you surprised? Well I'm not. All that Swiss cheese stuff was probably nonsense, as there would have been no Swiss cheese there in the first place.

This is the fruit of cancerous corruption and nepotism. I know, it is not only on the dark continent.
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Staggering and incomprehensible. Don't they have radar?
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Old 6th Oct 2013, 13:44
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Don't they have radar?
Or, failing that, somebody in the VCR who looks out of the window occasionally ...
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or failing that

windows in the cockpit.
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.. with 494 passengers and 18 crew, was cleared to land on Sokoto's runway 08 but landed on opposite runway 26..
...deflated while landing in Sokoto to pick up more pilgrims..
They gonna put them in the cargo holds?
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Or a d/f ?
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They gonna put them in the cargo holds?
The aircraft had capacity for 50+ more pax.
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I thought they painted the numbers on the runway to stop this sort of thing.
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Old 6th Oct 2013, 16:00
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Com'on guys, he landed on the correct tarmac!
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Old 6th Oct 2013, 17:45
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I think the problems in this case started well before the numbers on the R/W.

What about the OBS on the R/W heading? What about the ILS freq, if was operative? ADF, VOR needles. Compass heading? Looking out the window, as suggested before?
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I think we might be getting it all wrong. From what I understand they were cleared for runway 08 but for some reason (which we don't know) declined to land on runway 08 and decided to land on runway 26.

Correct me if I am wrong but that is what I understood from the article.
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Old 6th Oct 2013, 21:51
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Not wrong runway!

The local news here is full of twisted and wrong information about flightaccidents - but most agree that they were offered rwy 08 but asked for 26 - so if they really hit the llz antenna it looks more like a visual 26 that went wrong
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Old 6th Oct 2013, 23:18
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Originally Posted by HEATHROW DIRECTOR View Post
Staggering and incomprehensible. Don't they have radar?
You´ve got to be kidding... in Sokoto?

Two words:

Kabo, Nigeria.

Yes I have flown in the Nigeria HAJJ a few years ago. For Kabo. Never again.
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Just love Nigerian media:

Saudi Bound Kabo Air Flight Carrying 400 Makes Emergency Landing In Sokoto After Tires Explode Mid Air | Jaguda
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Hi, are we being a bit mean towards the pilots of that plane, and should we not be directing some flack towards the Tower Controller?
I take it that at no time was he being radar vectored onto any part of the circuit, and was flying visually all the way.

The pilot must have intended from 60 miles out to fly towards a ten mile final on RW26. A ten mile final to RW08 is 20+ miles away and would have needed up to 20 degrees difference in course.

Then when he is on short final the Tower gives him the incorrect clearance to land on the other runway... enough to unstabalise any approach, and cause him to hit the aerials.

btw.. aren't the aerials each side of the runway, and not on the centre-line?

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aren't the aerials each side of the runway, and not on the centre-line?
Yes - if you're talking about the glideslope antenna, it's normally abeam the runway near the TDZ.

But this guy hit the localizer array:

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Then when he is on short final the Tower gives him the incorrect clearance to land on the other runway... enough to unstabalise any approach, and cause him to hit the aerials.
You know, I really don't think getting an incorrect landing clearance is good enough excuse to get unstable and hit approach lights.
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Many moons ago approaching Lagos and clearance given to land despite there being another aircraft on the runway (moving slowly, not on a take off or landing run).
We went around but were then berated by air traffic control for not having obeyed their instructions 'Why did you not land when ordered'!
It's a different world.
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