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AVIATION ROUNDTABLE: “YOU LANDED…WHERE?”
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Time(s): 7 p.m.
Address: 22550 Van Buren Blvd. (at I-215), Riverside, CA 92518
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March Field Air Museum is proud to welcome John Dutto, retired USAF/FAA Air Traffic Controller, as a guest presenter at the next Inland Empire Aviation Roundtable. The upcoming Aviation Roundtable will focus on an unusual topic: commercial airline flights that landed in the wrong place. To share examples, guest presenter John Dutto will recount various airline flights that landed safely, but not at their intended destination. Free and open to the public, the Inland Empire Aviation Roundtable is proudly sponsored by March Field Air Museum.
One example of a commercial airline flight that landed somewhere other than its planned destination was TACA Flight 110. On January 26, 1988, flying from Belize to New Orleans, the shiny new Boeing 737-300 aircraft lost power in both jet engines in a heavy rain and hailstorm over the Gulf of Mexico. The highly experienced crew managed to land safely on a grassy levee. The aircraft was later repaired and flown out, returning to commercial service.
For a variety of reasons, many other flights have landed at the wrong airport without any malfunction of the aircraft—and in clear weather. Consider an Atlas Air Boeing 747-400 Dreamliner, which on November 20, 2013, landed at Colonel James Jabara Airport in Kansas, a small general aviation facility. This large aircraft was supposed to land at nearby McConnell Air Force Base. A similar incident occurred in Missouri on January 12, 2014, when a Southwest Boeing 737-700 landed at M. Graham Clark Downtown Airport when it was supposed to land on the Branson Airport runway. The pilots managed to stop the aircraft with only 40 feet of the relatively short runway remaining.
John Dutto served as an Air Traffic Controller in the United States Air Force from 1974 to 1978. He became an FAA Air Traffic Controller in 1982, serving as a supervisor and specialist in Southern California and Las Vegas during his 29-year career. Now retired, John is a dedicated volunteer at March Field Air Museum.
The Inland Empire Aviation Roundtable is sponsored by the March Field Air Museum, and is dedicated to those interested in—and involved with—the local aviation and aerospace community. Monthly presentations are open to the public, with subjects including aviation and aerospace history (both civil and military) and new developments in these fields. Programs typically last 60-90 minutes. Parking and admission are free for this event.
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