2006_10_airplane.jpgThis is not a good time for Newark Liberty Airport. First there was the TSA sting to see how well screeners would do with undercover agents traveling with 'bombs" and things (not well). And now there's a story about a pilot landing a plane on a taxiway instead of a runway.

The Post reports that a Continental Airlines filght "touched down on a taxiway just to the north of the runway - only feet from administrative buildings" on Saturday. Yikes. One source said, "This is a big f---ing deal! How do you land a jet on a taxiway?"

But rather than landing on the 6,800-foot-long, 150-foot-wide Runway 29, it touched down on the 70-foot-wide taxiway at 6:31 p.m., sources said.

The wingspan of the jet is 155 feet.

The pilot made such a short stop, he left skid marks on the taxiway, which were later found by police investigating the bizarre incident, according to a source.

Experts said they were baffled how, on a clear night, the pilot could mistake a runway for a taxiway.

The sun had set at 5:58 p.m.

The plane carried 157 passengers and a crew of six, airline officials said.

Port Authority police were immediately notified.

But the pilot didn't hang around to explain himself.

And the source said the crew didn't acknowledge they landed on the taxiway either. We wonder if, as a passenger, you would notice that you were on a narrow taxiway - you would certainly notice a bad, short-stop landing. We're surprised workers from the admin building weren't at the gate, waiting to question the pilot.

The FAA is investigating the incident. And the airplane crash in Kentucky occured when a pilot took off from the wrong runway.