NTSB issues recommendations to prevent wrong airport landing events

5 May 2015 (Last Updated May 5th, 2015 18:30)

The US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has issued two safety recommendations to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to prevent aircraft from landing at wrong airports.

The US National Transportation Safety Board (N TSB) has issued two safety recommendations to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)to prevent aircraft from landing at wrong airports.

The recommendations followed the findings of the NTSB that recently two aircrafts had landed at wrong airports because of confusion with other neighbouring airports.

NTSB said the preventable air traffic control errors had resulted in a Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 and an Atlas Air Boeing 747 cargo plane landing at wrong airports.

While the Southwest Airlines flight 4013 landed at M Graham Clark Downtown Airport (PLK) in Missouri, around six miles north of the intended destination, the Atlas Boeing cargo plane landed at Colonel James Jabara Airport (AAO) in Kansas instead of the McConnell Air Force Base.

As part of the current recommendations, the FAA has been asked to clarify air traffic controller (ATC) landing clearances in case of multiple airports in the vicinity, to help an aircraft reach its destination airport.

NTSB has also urged the FAA to modify the minimum safe altitude warning (MSAW) software that alerts ATCs when aircraft have descended beyond the minimum safe altitude.

Last year, the NTSB had issued warnings to pilots to be careful and avoid wrong airport landings giving them recommendations on how to avoid such situations.

However, the current recommendations have been addressed to the FAA only as it is the sole authority responsible for the US ATC procedures.

The FAA has been given 90 days to accept, partially accept, or deny the recommendations made by NTSB.