News

FAA investigating after Southwest jet lands at wrong airport

FAA investigating after Southwest jet lands at wrong airport

WRONG AIRPORT: Rescue personnel help passengers off a Southwest Airlines flight that was supposed to land at Branson Airport in southwest Missouri but instead landed at a nearby airport that only had about half as much runway. A Southwest spokesman the plane, scheduled to fly from Chicago to Branson, landed at the Taney County Airport and all 124 passengers and five crew members were safe. Photo: Associated Press/Scott Schieffer

By Kevin Murphy

KANSAS CITY, Missouri (Reuters) – U.S. authorities are investigating why a Southwest Airlines Co jet carrying 124 passengers landed at the wrong airport near Branson, Missouri, late Sunday, a Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman said Monday.

The Boeing 737-700 jet landed at the M. Graham Clark Downtown Airport instead of the longer runway at Branson Airport, the main commercial air strip near Branson, according to Southwest Airlines. The airports are about 7 miles apart.

The FAA is investigating the mistaken landing but had no other comment, said spokeswoman Elizabeth Isham Cory.

The aircraft took off from Chicago Midway Airport on Sunday for Branson, with continuing service to Dallas Love Field, said Southwest spokeswoman Michelle Agnew in a statement Monday.

The plane landed safely, but at the wrong airport, and passengers were taken by ground crews to the correct airport, Agnew said. Another Southwest jet was brought in for the connecting flight to Dallas Love Field later Sunday night, she said.

Southwest is looking into “all the circumstances” which led the captain to land at the wrong airport, Agnew said. Southwest apologized to passengers, is refunding the cost of their tickets and giving travel credits, she said.

Southwest has served Branson, a musical entertainment and tourism mecca in southwest Missouri, since last March but is discontinuing service in June, it has announced.

The Branson landing marked the second time in less than two months that a jetliner landed at the wrong airport in the Midwest.

On Nov. 21, a Boeing 747 cargo plane flown by Atlas Air that was supposed to land at McConnell Air Force Base in Wichita, Kansas, instead landed on the much shorter runway at Colonel James Jabara Airport, a Wichita city airport.

(Reporting by Kevin Murphy; Editing by Scott Malone and Phil Berlowitz)

Recent Headlines

in Entertainment

Today in entertainment history: May 6

WhitneyHouston

A look at some of the entertainment headlines that made history.

in Viral Videos

WATCH: ‘Star Wars’ LEGO Super Star Destroyer shattered

18-overlay

It took $800 and 16 hours to build this epic "Star Wars" set ... and only a few seconds to smash it.

in Viral Videos

Jimmy Fallon & Jack Black remake ‘More Than Words’

23-overlay1

The 1990 ballad by Extreme gets a shot-by-shot tribute and it's scarily accurate.

in Music, Viral Videos

Justin Timberlake goes green for hilarious tequila ad

21-overlay1

The singer/actor portrays man-size lime Rick "Sour" Vane in a new three-minute short for Sauza 901 tequila.

in Entertainment

Have a question about ‘Star Wars?’ Now you can google it

starwars

The search engine has put information from the "Star Wars" universe into its Knowledge Graph, the first time for a fictional universe.