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Audio Released of Southwest Air Wrong Landing in Branson

DALLAS -- Air traffic control recordings have been released of a Southwest Airlines plane that landed at the wrong airport in Branson in January.
I assume I'm not at your airport.
DALLAS -- Air traffic control recordings have been released of a Southwest Airlines plane that landed at the wrong airport in Branson in January.

CBS affiliate KTVT reports the Federal Aviation Administration released the recording.  A controller at the Branson Regional Airport can be heard clearing Southwest Flight 4013 to land.

On the recording  (listen below), one of the pilots of the plane can be heard saying, "I assume I'm not at your airport."  Air traffic controllers in Springfield confirmed the plane landed at the M. Graham Clark Airport at nearby College of the Ozarks instead.   The plane was coming from Chicago to Branson.

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The plane had to brake hard because the runway at the Clark airport is 3,738 feet long.  The length of the runway at the Branson Regional Airport is 7,140 feet. No passengers were injured in the landing.

A day after the January 12 landing, a spokewoman with Southwest released the following statement to KOLR10 News:

"We expect the aircraft that landed at (PLK) Taney County airport in Branson, Missouri, to depart the airport today. We continue to look into all of the circumstances which led the Captain in command of flight 4013 from Chicago Midway to land at the airport, several miles from the Branson Airport we serve. We want to thank first responders and Branson airport administrators for joining in the work our ground operations staff immediately began to take care of our Customers and their baggage last night and have since reached to each of them directly to apologize, explain what we know, refund their tickets, and provide future travel credit as a gesture of goodwill for the inconvenience. We brought in another aircraft last evening to bring continuing Customers on the flight to Dallas Love Field."

The National Transportation Safety Board is still investigating the incident.  Both the captain and co-pilot are on paid leave.  Both have more than a dozen years experience at Southwest.



(Information for this story provided by KTVT, Dallas)
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