DC-8 LANDED AT WRONG AIRFIELD Interesting situation to say the least.
A great story I had heard, but didn’t know there was a video. Enjoy!
The control tower cleared the DC-8 to land at DaNang Air Base, and by mistake the co-pilot landed
This event is pretty well known in history among the “Non-Sched” flight crews flying the MAC charters in and out of Viet Nam .
When Seaboard World Flight Operations got the word on what happened, they contacted Douglas Aircraft Corp for advice.
Douglas said “take the aircraft apart and ship it home”. FAA said the same thing.
Instead, the pilot and co-pilot elected to try and get airborne on a less than adequate length runway – and succeeded, getting
in the air about 300 feet from the end of the runway.
For safety concerns, the flight hostesses were left behind at the remote airstrip, to the delight of the GI’s who hadn’t seen a
’round-eyed’ female up close in months.