The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating a Delta Air Lines Inc. flight that mistakenly landed at a South Dakota Air Force base, about 12 miles (19 kilometers) from its intended destination.
Delta Flight 2845 departed from the Minneapolis-St. Paul airport Thursday evening en route to Rapid City, South Dakota, carrying 130 passengers on an Airbus Group SE A320 jet. The crew instead landed the plane at Ellsworth Air Force Base, located north of Rapid City Regional Airport. The aircraft landed safely, Delta said in a statement on its website.
The NTSB said it is investigating the incident, according to the agency’s Twitter account. Delta is cooperating with the government’s probe and is conducting its own, the airline said. The flight crew has been taken off duty during the review.
NTSB investigating 7/7/16 landing of a Delta A320 at Ellsworth AFB in SD instead of its intended destination of Rapid City (7 miles away).
— NTSB (@NTSB) July 8, 2016
Pilots on occasion have landed at the wrong runways, sparking reviews by regulators. In November 2013, an Atlas Air Worldwide freighter landed at the wrong airport in Wichita, Kansas, followed just two months later by a Southwest Airlines plane that touched down at the wrong airport in Branson, Missouri.
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