CO 757 Landed On Taxiway
Shades of SeaTac's infamous Taxiway Tango, except this
time on the East Coast... Officials with the Federal Aviation
Administration would like to know how the pilots of a Continental
Airlines 757-200 mistook a narrow taxiway at Newark Liberty Airport
last weekend, for the 150-foot wide runway that runs parallel to
The Newark Star-Ledger reports no one was injured when Flight
1883 from Orlando, FL with 163 people onboard landed on Taxiway
Zulu Saturday night. The plane was cleared to land on runway 29,
the shortest of Newark's three runways at 6,800 feet. The
75-foot-wide taxiway runs parallel to the runway on the north
Officials are "investigating it as a (possible) pilot deviation"
from proper safety procedures, said FAA spokesman Jim Peters. The
incident occurred at 6:31 pm EDT Saturday -- about a half hour
Many say it was good fortune that no other vehicles were on the
normally busy taxiway at the time of the incident.
"It could have been ugly, God forbid," said Russ Halleran,
president of the local chapter of the National Air Traffic
Controller's Association. "Pretty lucky. Overall, that's how we
have to look at it."
"The controllers did everything correctly," Halleran noted,
adding "they listened to the tape" of their communication with the
It is unclear if the pilots alerted the tower to the error. The
plane proceeded to the terminal as normal following the
"We are conducting a review of the landing to determine how it
occurred," Continental spokeswoman Mary Clark said. "The pilots
have been temporarily removed from flying duties and are assisting
the company in analyzing the incident."
"We have a very strong focus on safety," Clark added, "and plan
to use any findings to help avoid a reoccurrence in the