posted on Aug, 27 2006 @ 02:17 PM
I would think if it was the wrong runway the plane took off from it would also be because a controller in the tower wasn't doing his job correctly. I
do believe that whenever a plane is within so many miles of an airport or on the ground at an airport, they (the air traffic controllers in the
tower), more or less are in command/control of the plane and the pilots are just the "drivers".
If the pilot did line up on the wrong runway for take off, somebody in the tower could have directed him there, or, if the pilot just happened to go
to the wrong runway I would think it would be the towers job to catch that mistake and correct it. That's what the contol towers are there for, to
control the planes so that accidents like this don't happen at airports.
I'm not a pilot or anything, so I may be wrong.
Found a link and some info about ground controllers responsibilities in the towers at the airports:
US Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Air Traffic Controlers
Once the plane has landed, a ground controller in the tower directs it along the taxiways to its assigned gate. The ground controller usually
works entirely by sight, but may use radar if visibility is very poor.
The procedure is reversed for departures. The ground controller directs the plane to the proper runway. The local controller then informs the
pilot about conditions at the airport, such as weather, speed and direction of wind, and visibility. The local controller also issues runway clearance
for the pilot to take off. Once in the air, the plane is guided out of the airport’s airspace by the departure controller.
I think they will find an air traffic controller was at fault here since the plane took off from a runway that was too short.
[edit on 27/8/06 by Keyhole]