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US Airways Flight Lands at Wrong Airport

January 16, 2004 GMT

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) _ Eight passengers on a US Airways Express flight from Pittsburgh to State College got an unscheduled detour last week when their pilot accidentally landed at the wrong airport.

The flight, operated by Shuttle America, landed at Mid-State Regional Airport near Philipsburg instead of University Park Airport outside State College. The two airports are about 20 miles apart.

Joann Shields, business secretary at Mid-State Airport, which handles mostly private planes, said the pilot wasn’t familiar with the area and accidentally landed at the wrong airport.

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``When the pilot walked in, he said, ’Here’s one for the news,‴ Shields said.

A US Airways spokeswoman said the company arranged for ground transportation to take the eight passengers to University Park Airport, but referred all other questions to Shuttle America.

Shuttle America did not return several phone calls over two days from the Centre Daily Times of State College.