A report obtained by the Tampa Tribune sheds some light as to why a military aircraft back in July landed at Peter O. Knight Airport.
According to the article, the crew of a military cargo jet landed at the wrong airport because of fatigue, complacency and a lack of flight discipline.
The Tribune reports the crew arrived in Rome about two days before the flight to Tampa and spent a day touring the historic city. That night the pilot lost his cell phone in a taxi. The pilot lost sleep trying to find it and worrying about it.
They night before the flight crew said they got eight hours of sleep, but the time zone changes prevented them from getting a good night's rest.
Both pilots told investigators they were feeling tired but believed they could function properly.
An evaluation done afterward found the two were acting at a reduced cognitive capacity. According to the article, the pilot was at 79 percent effectiveness, the co-pilot was at 89 percent. The report says 70 percent effectiveness is the same level of impairment as having a blood alcohol level of .08.
The report also says the crew received a landing briefing which included a warning that Peter O. Knight was less than five miles away from MacDill.
The 400,000-pound C-17 Globemaster landed at the airport several miles from where it was supposed to land at MacDill.
It got a lot of attention around the Bay Area, with people showing up to see the large aircraft on a small runway. It made a dramatic takeoff from the short runway eight hours after landing.
There's no word on if disciplinary action was taken.
Click through the gallery of the landing when it happened, and click this link to read more at this link: http://www.myfoxtampabay.com/story/19075531/2012/07/20/giant-military-cargo-plane-lands-at-small-airport?clienttype=generic&mobilecgbypass
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