BREAKING| Delta Plane Accidentally Lands On Air Force Base – The Embarrassing Details
Delta Air Lines flight 2845 completed its voyage from Minneapolis, Minnesota to Rapid City, South Dakota and landed safely with all 130 passengers. The only problem was that the plane accidentally landed at Ellsworth Air Force Base instead of the intended destination of Rapid City Regional Airport located ten miles to the north. Passengers soon found themselves under investigation as military personnel and dogs detailed the plane in a search that lasted for over two hours. Colonel Gentry Boswell had harsh words about crew who caused the incident.
“The Radar Approach Control gave instructions to the Delta flight in this instance and pointed out BOTH runways to the flight crew to alleviate any issues with identification of the correct airport and the crew replied they had the landing runway at Rapid City Regional Airport in sight. This was a gross breach of the security of our Airfield that present[ed] a potential threat to both our Airmen and our resources.”
– Colonel Gentry Boswell
The Air Force base followed the proper search protocols to ensure security and the flight reached its intended destination three hours later. Delta Air Lines has agreed to a formal investigation of the incident and placed the pilots on leave. The FAA reported that in 2004 a Northwest Airlines flight bound for Rapid City Regional Airport mistakenly landed at Ellsworth Air Force Base.