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Passenger Jet Pilot Lands at Wrong Airport

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Passenger Jet Pilot Lands at Wrong Airport, Indonesian officials have suspended a foreign pilot and launched an investigation after a passenger jet landed at the wrong airport, BBC News reported. The Sriwijaya Air jet had about 100 people on board when it took off on Saturday from Medan in northern Sumatra headed for the city of Padang.

However, it landed at the Tabing air force base, 12 km (seven miles) from its destination.

Indonesian officials said air safety practices would be investigated.

It is not known why the pilot chose to land at the wrong airport – only that he was in contact with the air traffic control at Minangkabau airport in Padang.

An investigation by the Indonesian aviation safety watchdog has been launched with air traffic control authorities.

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