Ethiopian Airlines lands at the wrong airport

April 06, 2021
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Aviation Herald is reporting that an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737-800 freighter, registration ET-AYL performing freight flight ET-3891 from Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) to Ndola (Zambia), was expected to land at Ndola’s current Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe International Airport but landed on Ndola’s new Copperbelt International Airport that is located about 9nm west-north-west of the current airport and is still under construction.
Incredibly the aircraft taxied to the apron, where airport construction workers signaled to the crew they were not expected at that airport.
So not being welcomed the pilots continued taxiing across the apron, entered the runway via the next taxiway, and departed again to try and find the right airport.
Airport workers took a video here.

But just two hours later another Ethiopian Boeing 737-800 attempted to land at the same airport before aborting the landing at 50ft.

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  1. Anyone remember 40 or so years ago when a Western Airlines (US) captain plopped his 737 down at Buffalo, Wyoming on his way to some other airport? The city of Buffalo has a plaque or something at their small airport commemorating said event.