Skip to comments.Southwest flight lands at wrong Missouri airport
Posted on 01/13/2014 9:00:53 AM PST by DJ MacWoW
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.
Southwest Airlines Flight 4013, carrying 124 passengers and five crew members, was scheduled to go from Chicago's Midway International Airport to Branson Airport, airline spokesman Brad Hawkins said Sunday in a statement. But the Boeing 737-700 landed at Taney County Airport, which also is known as M. Graham Clark Downtown Airport.
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I was on I-405 driving by Renton Washington one day and wondered why a large commercial jetliner was lining up to land at Renton field. Suddenly it took a hard left and lined up for Boeing Field. ;-)
I think this sort of thing happens a lot.
Example of why cockpit resource management and crew cooperation is absolutely essential. In short....No excuse sir! That will cost the Capt at least a months pay and the 1st officer too. Also they will probably be put on a year of mandatory quarterly performance checks both in flight and in the simulator. It is an understatement to say that the company management was displeased.
I would love to have seen the pilots face when he figured out what he did.
It’s okay though, Fedex will still hire him now...
Hey, they all look alike from 30,000 feet.
The pilot was just testing his emergency landing skills —
I know we have a few throttle jockeys here so when the pilot checked in to land and the tower was not expecting them, why now just re-direct the flight to the proper airport?
Southwest Airlines (LUV) is down 18 cents per share today, but is up 44% since October 1.
The article says the pilot was talking to Branson and they cleared him to land, so he did. lol
He may have been talking to the right tower, but looking at the wrong runway.
They are only 7 miles apart.
That's an interesting comment. I thought LUV made money from serving the smaller markets. I guess there are exceptions to that rule.
Didn’t he get handed off from Center to the appropriate tower frequency and didn’t anyone clear him to land on runway xyz? Were both pilots AND ATC asleep?
Well, as Rick Perry would say:
my thought too like the folks who end up in the drink because the GPS voice told them to turn
I saw that too. LOL
Apparently the author and the pilot are related.
Funny GSP story. Wife and I were driving to Natural Bridge, VA. We had never been there and didn't have a map, so we followed the GPS navigator. We took every turn, Navigator was happy; but it was clear we were leaving the beaten path. Navigator says something like "Turn into the parking lot on your right." There was the nicest hayfield with an older gentleman mowing hay you'd ever seen. Right out on Norman Rockwell. Turns out we were about 15 miles south and east on Natural Bridge. GPS map was just wrong..
He was in the right pew..just the wrong church.
Years ago, a business associate picked me up at the Perth, West Australia airport, and on “Route One” exiting, he told me about how not too long before, a Garuda Indonesian jumbo had gotten as far as final approach - but to Route One, not the airport.
“landed at another airport about 7 miles away”
I read today when the passengers got off the plane, they discovered the plane stopped just 40 feet from going off a cliff.
They do, and by flying point to point. But the 737 is the only thing they fly, and smaller aircraft will be more profitable in some markets.
Seen one, seen ‘em all.
That would give one pause.............
“Southwest brought in another plane and passengers flying on to Love Fiend in Dallas departed around 10 p.m., Bourke said.”
That’s the new strip club across the street from Love Field! LOL!
Foolproof system are always undermined by fools.
Well, if the passengers can pick which seat they want to use, I guess the pilot can pick which airport he wants to use.
Do they even need to punish the pilot? Seems the punishment is built in. He’s going to hear about it every day for the rest of his career. [chuckle]
If so, this is a lifetime's worth of material for a ribbing at family reunions.
Pilot: WOW, that runway sure is short!
Co-Pilot: Yeah, but look how WIDE it is!...................
They have to be cousins at the least as neither can correctly identify airports. lol
...and in the dark....................
But did they remember to load the passengers baggage?................
The thing about Southwest is they have one heck of a safety record. About the worst incident I recall is over-landing at Burbank, and crashing into a gas station off the end of the runway. Without researching it, I believe complacency to have been a prime factor. I suspect that’s true for this incident as well.
Landing on the wrong parallel runway on the same airport is a BIG no-no.
Landing at the wrong airport. . .sheesh.
Not paying attention? Yacking instead of navigating, is my guess.
Capt and co-pilot will be lucky to just get a months pay docked and an extra check-ride/re-qual.
Landing at the wrong airport doesn’t mean they can’t fly.
It means they can’t navigate.
Being fired likely is in their future.
They do have Jet-A so re-fueling won’t be a problem!
The runway is 3,738 feet which means they landed within 3,700 feet. Not bad for a loaded 737. The ESE end of the runway is right next to US 65 so that isn’t where the drop-off is but the airport does look like it is up on a hill. The elevation of the airport is 940 feet.
Also, from the same website.
A57-30 37:1 TO DSPLCD THLD.
A57-12 50:1 TO DSPLCD THLD.
- NO SAFETY/OVERRUN AREAS AT RY ENDS-LARGE DROP-OFFS. STEEP TERRAIN GRADIENTS ALONG RY PVMT EDGES.
- GA SVCS AVBL EAST END OF AIRFIELD.
- STUDENT TRAINING ACTIVITIES IN THE AREA.
- DEER ON & INVOF ARPT.
Just think if a student pilot was flying around the airport doing touch-and-goes and this 737 comes in by a straight-in approach. Then the deer on the runway would have been problem. Lastly, the drop-off on the WNW end.
Could be ATC was monitoring/controlling other flights and gave clearance to land (and the jet was approaching within 10-15miles at the time. The runway alignments are close, sort of, and after clearing to land the jet was handed over to the tower for a visual and the aircrew got lazy, locked onto the wrong runway/airport, and the tower was monitoring the flight vector (not paying attention to altitude) and controlled other jets.
Tower/ATC really have no direct fault here. It is the pilot(s) responsibility to fly their jet.
And their pilots have great landing skillz!
Aerial photo of runway showing drop-offs at either end.
The Airnav site offers this warning about the runway:
NO SAFETY/OVERRUN AREAS AT RY ENDS-LARGE DROP-OFFS. STEEP TERRAIN GRADIENTS ALONG RY PVMT EDGES.
“Hes going to hear about it every day for the rest of his career.”
Which will be rather short.
Those two pilots aren’t going to be able to live it down for a very, very long time.
I hate it when that happens.