American A320 at Fort Myers on Aug 30th 2018, approached wrong airport and went around

Last Update: August 31, 2018 / 20:22:43 GMT/Zulu time

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Aug 30, 2018

Classification
Incident

Flight number
AA-862

Aircraft Registration
N123UW

Aircraft Type
Airbus A320

ICAO Type Designator
A320

An American Airlines Airbus A320-200, registration N123UW performing flight AA-862 from Philadelphia,PA to Ft. Myers,FL (USA), was cleared for a visual approach to Ft. Myers' runway 06, reported the airport in sight and was handed off to tower. The aircraft lined up with runway 05 of nearby Page Field, about 3nm from Ft. Myers Airport, and descended to about 800 feet MSL, about one minute after being handed off to tower the crew announced they were going around. ATC vectored them for the approach to runway 06, the aircraft performed a safe visual landing to Fort Myers' runway 06 on second approach about 6 minutes after the go around.

FAA radar data confirm the aircraft was on short final to Page Field's runway 05 descending through 800 feet MSL.

A pilot on Page Field's frequency queried Page Field Tower whether they had seen the Airbus, tower replied they had seen the American A320 on short final to runway 05 indeed.



Metars Ft. Myers:
KRSW 301853Z 11009KT 10SM CLR 32/20 A2999 RMK AO2 LTG DSNT NW SLP154 T03220200 $=
KRSW 301753Z 11011KT 10SM CLR 32/23 A3004 RMK AO2 LTG DSNT SW AND W SLP169 60000 T03220228 10322 20244 58012=
KRSW 301653Z 12012KT 10SM CLR 31/23 A3006 RMK AO2 LTG DSNT S AND SW SLP176 T03060228=
KRSW 301553Z 11012G20KT 10SM SCT025 31/23 A3006 RMK AO2 LTG DSNT N SLP178 T03110233=
KRSW 301544Z 12015KT 10SM VCTS CLR 31/23 A3006 RMK AO2 LTG DSNT N T03060233=
KRSW 301453Z 10013KT 10SM SCT024 BKN030 30/24 A3007 RMK AO2 RAE09 SLP181 P0000 60000 T03000239 58003=

Metars Page Field:
KFMY 301953Z AUTO 12012KT 10SM CLR 31/21 A3000 RMK AO2 LTG DSNT SE AND S SLP160 T03110206=
KFMY 301853Z 13009KT 10SM CLR 32/21 A2999 RMK AO2 LTG DSNT W AND NW SLP157 T03220211=
KFMY 301753Z 10012KT 10SM FEW039 32/22 A3003 RMK AO2 LTG DSNT SW SLP172 60000 T03170222 10317 20239 58011=
KFMY 301653Z 10012KT 10SM FEW037 SCT060 31/23 A3005 RMK AO2 LTG DSNT S SLP176 T03110228=
KFMY 301614Z 11008G17KT 10SM FEW032 SCT043 31/23 A3006 RMK AO2 LTG DSNT N AND NW T03060233=
KFMY 301553Z 13010KT 10SM VCTS SCT030 31/23 A3006 RMK AO2 LTG DSNT N SLP180 T03110233=
KFMY 301544Z 10013KT 10SM VCTS CLR 31/23 A3005 RMK AO2 LTG DSNT N AND NE T03060233=
KFMY 301453Z 10013KT 10SM CLR 29/24 A3007 RMK AO2 RAB10E19 SLP183 P0000 60000 T02940239 58004=
Incident Facts

Date of incident
Aug 30, 2018

Classification
Incident

Flight number
AA-862

Aircraft Registration
N123UW

Aircraft Type
Airbus A320

ICAO Type Designator
A320

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