http://www.cnn.com/2004/US/Central/06/20/wrong.airport.ap/index.html So how can this happen? With the control tower in Rapid City watching the flight on RADAR, and since I thought the pilots always communicate with the tower before landing...? Also, I am told that commercial jets usually land on auto-pilot now. A similar thing thing happened in Van Nuys, Ca, some years ago. A commercial jet landed at an airport only for relatively small, private aircraft.