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Published on : Saturday, July 9, 2016
The National Transportation Safety Board launched an investigation on a Delta Air Lines jet as the flight landed at the wrong airport in South Dakota with 130 passengers and crew members on board. The Delta A320 jet landed at the US air force base in Ellsworth on Thursday 7th July at 8.42pm central time.
The Delta Flight 2845 was scheduled to land at the nearby Rapid City airport, which is 10 miles from the Ellsworth air force base. The flight departed from the airport in Minneapolis with 130 passengers onboard.
Both the airport and the air force base have nearly identical runways, spreading from north-west to south-east.
Some of the passengers stated that they had to wait for almost 2 hours and 30 minutes in the air force base inside the flight as the armed military ordered them to pull the window shades down while they searched the entire flight along with service dogs to sniff anything suspicious.
The flight crew of Delta Flight 2845 got suspended during the entire investigation launched by NTSB. The airline stated that they will cooperate with the investigation, which already started. They also informed that the airlines also launched an internal review after this incident occurred.
Because of security concerns, the air force base officials declined to give any statement regarding the incident.
The Delta airlines authorities contacted and offered the passengers with gestures of apology for the inconvenience.
Previously, some other flights destined to the Rapid City airport mistook the air force base as the commercial airport. In the year 2004, one of the Northwest Airlines flight scheduled for Rapid City, landed at the same air force base with 117 passengers onboard.