This is why you back up visual approaches with nav aids and include an airfield description in your approach brief...every time.
A C-17 landed at a small GA airport by mistake. I've actually flown to that airport before. The Airforce base is very close by, you can clearly see it in the pattern, the runways are huge. Don't know how they f'd that up. Can you imagine being on base, clearing final and seeing this sucker? He's obviously not on frequency. What about the Airfoce Base tower, "uuuhh C-17 your pretty low".
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If this aircraft indeed landed at the wrong runway/airfield, that was a total CRM breakdown. Someone in the crew must have noticed, unless both pilots are dumb asses.
I was stationed just across the bay at Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater on 130's. I was actually a navigator as well. The area is very congested with air traffic, houses and buildings. Tampa International is just north of there, so some maneuvering for congested airspace is always a thing plus at that time of day weather is a factor. Usually at 3 pm there's rain in the area, so that might have been another contributing factor. Aside from that, DME would have been a big giveaway, visual confirmation another. I blame it on complacency, unfamiliarity and loss of SA. Another thing, how can that runway support the weight of a C-17? Glad no one was hurt.
I remember we had a pilot line up for final on a bridge right next to PIE. Even Coast Guard make mistakes.