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Pilot Mistakes Saudi City for Another?
Emirates 24/7 ^ | Monday, April 14, 2014

Posted on 04/21/2014 2:59:13 PM PDT by nickcarraway

Hundreds of Pakistani passengers travelling from Karachi to the Saudi capital Riyadh got the shock of their life when their aircraft landed and found themselves in Jeddah.

The pilot of flight 731 operated by the Pakistani International Airlines appeared to have mistaken the Western Red Sea town of Jeddah for the Saudi capital when he landed in King Abdul Aziz Airport, the Saudi press said, quoting Pakistani newspapers.

The carrier had to rent buses to transport the passengers hundreds of miles from Jeddah to Riyadh, the report said.

“Airline officials did not explain the reason for such a mistake while the passengers called for action against those responsible,” the Saudi Mzmz news website said.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Travel; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: flight731; jeddah; pakistan; riyadh; saudiarabia
I looked it up and Jeddah is 600 miles from Riyadh?
1 posted on 04/21/2014 2:59:13 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: SkyDancer

How hard is this to do?


2 posted on 04/21/2014 3:00:16 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

What’s the difference? Jeddah and Riyadh are both a lot closer to Mecca than Pakistan, /S.


3 posted on 04/21/2014 3:00:39 PM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
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To: nickcarraway

Thank goodness that never happens here....


4 posted on 04/21/2014 3:01:40 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (H.L. Mencken: "The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.")
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To: nickcarraway

Not that unusual. I once boarded a flight to Honolulu and we instead landed on Maui.


5 posted on 04/21/2014 3:02:46 PM PDT by kaehurowing (FIGHT BULLYING, UNINSTALL FIREFOX)
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To: nickcarraway

Imagine the smell on that bus. I’d have to hold my nose but I would likely still throw up.


6 posted on 04/21/2014 3:04:47 PM PDT by boycott
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To: nickcarraway

Why wouldn’t they have just flown them, instead of renting buses? Something doesn’t smell right. And it’s not just the passengers.


7 posted on 04/21/2014 3:05:45 PM PDT by DannyTN
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To: nickcarraway

Maybe that 91 yr old nuclear phycisist who was demonized by the administration, and his property seized for being a terrorist right after the Malaysian Airliner disappearance, knew more than is being revealed. Are these flights being remotely controlled/hijacked?

I’d think there are other natural checkpoints in aircraft operations that would raise large red international flags even if it was intentional pilot error.


8 posted on 04/21/2014 3:06:00 PM PDT by Cvengr (Adversity in life and death is inevitable. Thru faith in Christ, stress is optional.)
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To: nickcarraway

And Jeddah is on the coast while Riyadh is right in the middle of country surrounded by desert. I lived 5 years in Riyadh. I find it inconceivable how he could have mixed them up.


9 posted on 04/21/2014 3:15:08 PM PDT by kabar
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To: nickcarraway
Assuming that Saudi,which I've never visited,looks something like its two neighbors,the UAE and Oman (which I have visited),this is an easy mistake to make,IMO.If you seen one grain of Arabian peninsula sand,you've seen them all.
10 posted on 04/21/2014 3:17:31 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Stalin Blamed The Kulaks,Obama Blames The Tea Party)
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To: kaehurowing

How did that happen?


11 posted on 04/21/2014 3:17:53 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway
I sympathize with the PakiPilot. These countries are like flying over miles of used Kitty Litter, tough to pick out one lump from another. The Persian Gulf could have been a clue, but then again these airliners haven't got much in the way of rear view mirrors.

I hope the passengers got back to Riyadh in time for prayers and to spend quality time with their cousin-wives.

12 posted on 04/21/2014 3:22:50 PM PDT by Kenny Bunk ( The Republican Party is very sick . Hold all contributions until we see who picks up the patient..)
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To: nickcarraway

Cheapy charter airline, SunTour Air, back when they had such things. They didn’t tell passengers they were actually going to Maui first to offload cargo before then flying to Honolulu.

The plane broke down when it landed on Maui (they couldn’t get the cargo doors closed again), and we sat in the un-air-conditioned plane for at least 2 hours before it took off again.


13 posted on 04/21/2014 3:25:46 PM PDT by kaehurowing (FIGHT BULLYING, UNINSTALL FIREFOX)
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To: DannyTN

“Why wouldn’t they have just flown them, instead of renting buses?”
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I wonder the same thing. Maybe the runway is too short for takeoff for that plane, especially with such a big load.


14 posted on 04/21/2014 3:28:08 PM PDT by AlexW
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To: nickcarraway
and nobody in the Jeddah tower thought anything odd about this unscheduled plane in their pattern asking for landing clearance from RIYADH???
15 posted on 04/21/2014 3:36:03 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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To: nickcarraway

Hey, in all that sand, got to look about the same!


16 posted on 04/21/2014 3:50:12 PM PDT by doorgunner69
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To: nickcarraway

probably the identifiers were close and they just punched in the wrong one. If you have say KJHR and KRJH real easy. But - the FO is supposed to cross check what the PIC put in or other way round. I don’t know what the identifiers for those two airports are.


17 posted on 04/21/2014 3:59:02 PM PDT by SkyDancer (I Believe In The Law Until It Intereferes With Justice. And Pay Your Liberty Tax Citizen.)
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To: nickcarraway; SunkenCiv; neverdem; null and void

Seems there is some aeroplane skullduggery afoot.


18 posted on 04/21/2014 4:03:18 PM PDT by fanfan ("If Muslim kids were asked to go to church on Sunday and take Holy Communion there would be war.")
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To: SkyDancer
Riyadh is OERK, Jeddah is OEJN.

Something just doesn't sound right about this. Even pilots notice when their flight is too long.

19 posted on 04/21/2014 4:14:08 PM PDT by texas booster (Join FreeRepublic's Folding@Home team (Team # 36120) Cure Alzheimer's!)
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To: Chode

> and nobody in the Jeddah tower thought anything odd about this unscheduled plane in their pattern asking for landing clearance from RIYADH???

*shrug* Ins’allah.


20 posted on 04/21/2014 4:15:37 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (Richard Warman censors free speech.)
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21 posted on 04/21/2014 4:29:46 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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To: texas booster

Yeah, someone messed up.


22 posted on 04/21/2014 4:44:34 PM PDT by SkyDancer (I Believe In The Law Until It Intereferes With Justice. And Pay Your Liberty Tax Citizen.)
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To: Chode

Soon be the official British motto?


23 posted on 04/21/2014 4:51:39 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (Richard Warman censors free speech.)
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To: Slings and Arrows
100%!!!
24 posted on 04/21/2014 5:04:22 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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