Venezuelan plane lands on wrong airfield near Santo Domingo
An Aserca McDonnell Douglas MD-83, registration YV3024 performing flight R7-422 from Caracas (Venezuela) to Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic), was on approach to Santo Domingo’s Las Americas Airport cleared to land on runway 17, however touched down on the runway 21 of San Isidro Airbase about 6nm northwest of Las Americas Airport.
Authorities in Santo Domingo ordered the arrest of a number of soldiers involved in the incident stating, that air traffic control issued a landing clearance on runway 17 of Las Americas Airport without realizing the aircraft was actually lined up to land at San Isidro Airbase. The crew was interviewed, without evidence of intention the crew and aircraft were released to depart San Isidro and make the short hop to finally land at their intended destination. This was not the first occurrence involving the two airports, due to the close proximity of the airports there had been about 10 such incidents so far.
Following the hop to Las Americas Airport the aircraft was able to depart for the return flight R7-423 the following day with a delay of 18.5 hours.
May 28, 2016
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