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If you read details of other emergencies, it can be helpful for a pilot to land at an airport they are familiar with rather than adding additional stress to the emergency with an approach to an unfamiliar airport. Obviously there is a trade off here at work so it clearly depends on the nature of the emergency.

An example was the BA BAC111 in 1990 where the cockpit windscreen blew out and almost sucked out the captain. If you read the cockpit transcript, you will see the co-pilot initially requested a landing at Gatwick since he was familiar with this airport rather than Southampton which was closer. ATC directed him to Gatwick but after a few minutes, he changed his mind and landed at Southampton instead.

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