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Shit Happens - Boeing C-17 military cargo plane lands at wrong airport in Tampa Florida in July 2012

On July 20, 2012, a Boeing C-17 Globemaster of the US Air Force Air Mobility Wing, from McGuire AFB, New Jersey mistakenly landed at Peter O. Knight Airport in Tampa Florida, following an extended duration flight from Europe, to a location in Southwest Asia to embark military passengers, and then return to the United States. Luckily there were no injuries and no damage to either the airfield's runway or to the aircraft and crew itself. The aircraft took off a short time later with and made the short flight to MacDill Air Force Base, the aircraft's original intended destination. With both airfields only a few miles apart and both of the main runways having the same magnetic heading, the Air Force blamed the mistaken landing on a combination of pilot error and fatigue.

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