Southwest Pilot Retires After Landing at Wrong Airport

Published 04/16 2014 05:37PM

Updated 04/16 2014 09:17PM

DALLAS -- One of the pilots involved in January's wrong airport landing in Taney County, Missouri has retired.

According to Brad Hawkins, communications manager for Southwest Airlines, the first officer retired at the conclusion of Southwest's internal investigation.  The first officer had been with Southwest since 2001, and had logged about 25,000 flight hours.

The captain has returned to work.  Southwest will not release the names of the those involved.

The National Transportation Safety Board is still investigating.

In January, a Boeing 737-700 landed at the Taney County Airport instead of the Branson Airport, located a few miles away.  The plane had to brake hard because the runway at the Taney County airport is 3,738 feet long.  The length of the runway at the Branson Regional Airport is 7,140 feet.  No passengers were hurt.

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