Federal Aviation Administration

The FAA is Concerned About Wrong-Surface Landings


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Wrong surface landings are serious events that occur at an alarming rate of roughly one every other day! When pilots approach an airport for landing, there are opportunities for miscommunication and visual mistakes that can lead to the aircraft arriving on the wrong surface.

Our data shows that 85% of wrong surface landings involve general aviation aircraft (GA) and 89% of those events occur during daytime hours in VFR conditions. In this video, we look at some issues that contribute to wrong surface landings.