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Southwest flight lands at wrong Missouri airport

By The Associated Press

This article was published January 13, 2014 at 11:03 a.m.

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.

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

The website for M. Graham Clark Airport says its longest runway is 3,738 feet. Branson Airport's website says its runway is 7,140 feet long.

Read tomorrow's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.

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AmericasDoomed says... January 13, 2014 at 11:54 a.m.

I read another report that stated the jet stopped about 40 ft from dropping off a cliff. It also couldn't take off again so passengers had to get off. Could have been tragic.

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