Tuesday 17 October 2017

Aeroplane lands at wrong airport

A Southwest Airlines flight that was scheduled to arrive at Branson Airport in Missouri instead landed at an airport seven miles away (AP Photo/KSPR-TV)
A Southwest Airlines flight that was scheduled to arrive at Branson Airport in Missouri instead landed at an airport seven miles away (AP Photo/KSPR-TV)

Federal officials are investigating why a Southwest Airlines flight that was supposed to land at an airport in south-west Missouri instead landed at another airport about seven miles away that only had about half as much runway.

Southwest Airlines Flight 4013 - carrying 124 passengers and five crew members - was scheduled to go from Chicago's Midway International Airport to Branson Airport, airline spokesman Brad Hawkins said in a statement.

But the Boeing 737-700 landed at Taney County Airport, which is also known as M Graham Clark Downtown Airport.

Mr Hawkins said the landing was uneventful and everyone onboard was safe but added that he did not have information on why the plane went to the wrong airport.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Tony Molinaro said the agency is investigating the incident.

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