Southwest flight lands at wrong Mo. airport

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

BRANSON, Mo. 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.

One of the passengers on Flight 4013 was Granger native, Jamie Cunningham. She is a 2007 graduate of Marian High School, and a 2011 graduate of Notre Dame.

Cunningham was on the flight and says all was fine until it came time to land.

“A ditch was right there,” said Cunningham. “Like a pretty big drop off. That led to a highway below. So as soon as we saw that it became very different – a lot scarier than we had realized when we were sitting on the plane.”

Jamie says the airline is crediting passengers the cost of the flight and will issue a voucher for any future flight.

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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