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Landing at the wrong airport : 16 dead

© Mehrad Watson

A really surprising situation happened earlier today, 14 January 2019. A Boeing 707-3J9C landed at the wrong airport in Iran !

A Boeing 707-3J9C coming from Bishkek (FRU/UCFM) registered EP-CPP, owned by the Iran Air Force, tried to land at Fath Airport (OIIF) by mistake, as the airport of arrival was Karaj Airport (OIIP), located 10kms further.

The 707 tried to land on runway 31L, with a length of 1000m, instead of 3660m, and then overran the runway and came to rest in a house, at the end of the runway. A fire started, and 16 people were found dead, states the emergency services, only the flight engineer was found alive.

Avherald.com reported that an incident with the same modus operandi occured in 2018., it is available here

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