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dan9125
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« on: September 15, 2006, 04:41:30 PM »

This guy must not know that taking off on the wrong runway can cause problems. Tower didnt seam to worried though. Caught this today 9/15/06 around 3:05pm @ KBUF.
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« Reply #1 on: September 16, 2006, 12:10:39 PM »


I definitely can't understand how pilots could take off from a wrong runway as we have to check the heading on which we are, and that is a part of the checklist anyway... really weird!

fortunately nothing bad happened!
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« Reply #2 on: September 19, 2006, 06:19:51 PM »

Wow. I thought that would at least warrant a phone call....
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« Reply #3 on: September 24, 2006, 11:07:51 AM »

Only in America!
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« Reply #4 on: September 26, 2006, 05:56:23 PM »

This could have been a real problem if inadvertently departing rwy 23 put him face to face with traffic arriving on 5.   Tower controllers will routinely do a waiting pilot a favor and permit a "no delay" departure ahead of an arriving aircraft.

Additionally, since he was departing from an intersection, there could have also been a problem with remaining runway length.  Hopefully he will never make that mistake again, for the sake of his passengers and the neighbors who live near the Buffalo Airport.

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« Reply #5 on: September 26, 2006, 09:50:40 PM »

The controller made it sound like it was no big deal and I think he said "thats ok" after the pilot admitted his error.....shocking!   
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« Reply #6 on: September 26, 2006, 11:38:26 PM »

"Additionally, since he was departing from an intersection, there could have also been a problem with remaining runway length. "

That's definitely an understatement.  Looking at KBUF's airport diagram, more than half of the runway is in the RWY 5 direction at E, so he had significantly less than half of the 8000' runway to use, and it made the 8kt wind a tailwind.

They were lucky.
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