Southwest Flight Lands at Wrong Airport in Branson, Missouri

  • Jan 12, 2014 8:09pm GMT

Southwest Airlines flight 4013 from Chicago-Midway landed at the Taney County Airport instead of the nearby Branson Airport, where it was scheduled to land Sunday night.

Passenger Jodell Fitzwater said the plane filled with the smell of burning rubber, and the passengers didn't realize until they were on the ground that they had landed at the wrong airport.

The runway at Taney County Airport is 3,700 ft long, much shorter than the 7,100 ft runway at Branson.

Southwest Airlines released the following statement regarding the incident:

"The Southwest Airlines Pilot in command of flight 4013 safely landed at Taney County Airport this evening. The Boeing 737-700 carried 124 customers and a crew of five and was operating as a scheduled flight from Chicago Midway to Branson. Our ground crew from the Branson Airport has arrived at the airport to take care of our customers and their baggage. The landing was uneventful, and all customers and crew are safe."

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