Commuter Flight Lands at Wrong Airport

Silver Airways flight mistakenly lands at much smaller airport.

Commuter Flight Lands at Wrong Airport
Commuter Flight Lands at Wrong Airport

A Saab 340 operated by Silver Airways on a scheduled flight to North Central West Virginia Airport (KCKB) on Tuesday night mistakenly landed at a much smaller airport in Fairmont, West Virginia (4G7), less than five miles away.

The landing by the United Express-coded turboprop happened during Silver Airway's first week of service to KCKB. Fairmont Municipal Airport’s runway is 3,194 feet versus 7,000 feet at the intended destination.

The 11 passengers on board were eventually driven to KCKB. The airline reportedly plans to offload fuel and remove seats to allow the Saab turboprop to depart the smaller airport, which besides having a short runway also is subject to weight restrictions.