One of the more unreal stories of last night happened in Branson Missouri. Southwest Airlines flight 4013 on route from Chicago to Dallas with a stopover in Branson mistakenly landed not at the Branson airport but at a smaller field in Taney County 8 miles away.
First of all the fact that Branson has a an airport big enough for passenger aircraft to land and take off was a surprise, but there's another airport in that part of Missouri which can handle these planes too? Well, not exactly. Here are a few live tweets from a passenger on the plane.
"I am on board flight 4013. Pilot informs us he landed at wrong airport (PLK), 8.6 miles from intended destination of BKG.WTH?"
"An air stand has now arrived, and we are being let off@SouthwestAir 4013 at PLK, 75 minutes after the pilot landed at the wrong airport."
"Yep; "small" pilot error. Check flight aware for flight 4013 MDW BKG DAL."
"We have all deplaned from Southwest Air 4013 and the mood is somber now that we realized we were 40 feet from the edge of a cliff."
"the plane can't take off here with any weight due to the short runway."
"You should have felt the braking when we landed. The pilot braked hard; I wonder when he realized he picked wrong airport?"
"The landing was absolutely not uneventful. The Southwest statement saying so is incorrect; we braked very, very hard."
The passengers eventually were bussed to the correct Missouri airport and headed to Dallas.
Scott Schieffer's Twitter page, is here with photos from the night. He did say Branson airport officeals were very helpful.