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UPDATE: Plane at wrong Missouri airport expected to leave soon

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
The Southwest Airlines jet that landed at the wrong Missouri airport is expected to take off early Monday afternoon.

Southwest Flight 4013 from Chicago's Midway Airport was scheduled to land at Branson airport on Sunday evening, January 12, 2014, but it instead showed up at Taney County airport, said Brad Hawkins, a spokesman for the airline.

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BRANSON, Mo. (AP) -- The Southwest Airlines jet that landed at the wrong Missouri airport is expected to take off early Monday afternoon.

Southwest spokesman Brad Hawkins says the Boeing 737 will be returned to service. Taney County Commissioner Brandon Williams says a fuel truck arrived at the airport shortly after noon to add fuel.

Southwest Airlines Flight 4013 was traveling from Chicago Midway Airport bound for Branson Airport Sunday night. Somehow, it landed instead at M. Graham Clark Downtown Airport, about seven miles away.

No one was hurt but a passenger described the landing as abrupt. The runway at M. Graham Clark airport is a little more than half as long as the one at the Branson Airport.

Southwest says the pilot and first officer were removed from flying pending an investigation.


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Federal officials are investigating why a Southwest Airlines flight that was supposed to land at Branson Airport in southwest Missouri, instead landed at another airport about 7 miles away that only had about half as much runway.

In a statement, airline spokesman Brad Hawkins says Southwest Airlines Flight 4013 -- carrying 124 passengers and five crew members -- was scheduled to go from Chicago's Midway International Airport to Branson Airport. But the Boeing 737-700 landed at Taney County Airport, which is also known as M. Graham Clark Downtown Airport.

Hawkins says the landing was uneventful and everyone onboard was safe.

Hawkins didn't have information on why the plane went to the wrong airport. Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Tony Molinaro says the agency is investigating the incident.


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