Pilots often head to wrong airports, reports show

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Photo - FILE - In this Jan. 13, 2014 file photo, Southwest Airlines Flight 4013 sits at the M. Graham Clark Downtown Airport in Hollister, Mo. On nearly 150 flights, U.S. commercial air carriers have either landed at the wrong airport or started to land and realized their mistake in time, according to a search by The Associated Press of government safety databases and media reports since the early 1990s. (AP Photo/Springfield News-Leader, Valerie Mosley, File)
FILE - In this Jan. 13, 2014 file photo, Southwest Airlines Flight 4013 sits at the M. Graham Clark Downtown Airport in Hollister, Mo. On nearly 150 flights, U.S. commercial air carriers have either landed at the wrong airport or started to land and realized their mistake in time, according to a search by The Associated Press of government safety databases and media reports since the early 1990s. (AP Photo/Springfield News-Leader, Valerie Mosley, File)
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Do you know the way to San Jose? Quite a few airline pilots apparently don't.

The Associated Press searched through government safety databases and media reports since the early 1990s, and found that on at least 150 flights, U.S. commercial air carriers have either landed at the wrong airport or started to land and realized their mistake in time.

The list of landing mistakes includes six reports of pilots preparing to land at California's Moffett Field, a joint civilian-military airport — when they meant to go to Mineta San Jose International Airport, about 10 miles to the southeast. At least three times, flights from Houston to Lake Charles landed at the wrong field.

In nearly all incidents, pilots were cleared by controllers. Many incidents occurred at night.

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