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Southwest flight lands at wrong Missouri airport
Associated Press ^ | Jan 13, 2014 11:35 AM (ET) | JIM SALTER

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.

(Excerpt) Read more at apnews.myway.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Missouri
KEYWORDS: airport; branson; piliterror; piloterror
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1 posted on 01/13/2014 9:00:54 AM PST by DJ MacWoW
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To: DJ MacWoW

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.


2 posted on 01/13/2014 9:05:16 AM PST by cuban leaf
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To: DJ MacWoW

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.


3 posted on 01/13/2014 9:05:49 AM PST by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: DJ MacWoW

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...


4 posted on 01/13/2014 9:05:56 AM PST by Abathar (Proudly posting without reading the article carefully since 2004)
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To: cuban leaf

Hey, they all look alike from 30,000 feet.


5 posted on 01/13/2014 9:06:39 AM PST by Tupelo (I am feeling more like Philip Nolan every day)
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To: DJ MacWoW

The pilot was just testing his emergency landing skills —

He passed.


6 posted on 01/13/2014 9:06:57 AM PST by Uncle Chip
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To: DJ MacWoW

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?


7 posted on 01/13/2014 9:09:40 AM PST by edcoil (System now set up not to allow some to win but for no one to lose!)
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To: Don Corleone
Wall Street is NOT amused.

Southwest Airlines (LUV) is down 18 cents per share today, but is up 44% since October 1.

8 posted on 01/13/2014 9:12:21 AM PST by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: edcoil

The article says the pilot was talking to Branson and they cleared him to land, so he did. lol


9 posted on 01/13/2014 9:12:40 AM PST by DJ MacWoW (The Fed Gov is not one ring to rule them all)
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To: DJ MacWoW
Is this a case of: "I don't care what the GPS says, I can see the airport right there."

10 posted on 01/13/2014 9:12:49 AM PST by BitWielder1 (Corporate Profits are better than Government Waste)
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To: edcoil

He may have been talking to the right tower, but looking at the wrong runway.

They are only 7 miles apart.


11 posted on 01/13/2014 9:14:04 AM PST by Dan(9698)
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To: BitWielder1

LOL!!!


12 posted on 01/13/2014 9:14:30 AM PST by DJ MacWoW (The Fed Gov is not one ring to rule them all)
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To: DJ MacWoW
Southwest flies to and from Chicago, Houston and Dallas out of the Branson Airport, Bourk said. But that will end in June. Southwest announced last month it was dropping service in Branson, Key West, Fla., and Jackson, Miss. The airline said it can't make money serving the smaller markets.

That's an interesting comment. I thought LUV made money from serving the smaller markets. I guess there are exceptions to that rule.

13 posted on 01/13/2014 9:15:03 AM PST by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always.)
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To: edcoil

Exactly.....

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?


14 posted on 01/13/2014 9:15:14 AM PST by bergmeid (Resist we much!)
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To: DJ MacWoW

Well, as Rick Perry would say:
Oops!


15 posted on 01/13/2014 9:15:58 AM PST by rhinohunter (Freepers aren't booing -- they're shouting "Cruuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuz")
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To: DJ MacWoW
Southwest brought in another plane and passengers flying on to Love Fiend in Dallas departed around 10 p.m., Bourke said.
16 posted on 01/13/2014 9:16:08 AM PST by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always.)
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To: BitWielder1

my thought too…like the folks who end up in the drink because the GPS voice told them to turn


17 posted on 01/13/2014 9:18:00 AM PST by Nifster
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To: Zhang Fei

I saw that too. LOL


18 posted on 01/13/2014 9:18:19 AM PST by DJ MacWoW (The Fed Gov is not one ring to rule them all)
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To: Zhang Fei

Apparently the author and the pilot are related.


19 posted on 01/13/2014 9:19:01 AM PST by DJ MacWoW (The Fed Gov is not one ring to rule them all)
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To: BitWielder1
Is this a case of: "I don't care what the GPS says, I can see the airport right there."

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..

20 posted on 01/13/2014 9:25:04 AM PST by IamConservative (The soul of my lifes journey is Liberty!)
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To: DJ MacWoW

He was in the right pew..just the wrong church.


21 posted on 01/13/2014 9:26:29 AM PST by EQAndyBuzz ("The GOP fights its own base with far more vigor than it employs in fighting the Dims.")
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To: Don Corleone
Agreed. If the proper destination had been entered into the flight management system it's practically impossible to have screwed this up. Guess these guys found a way though.
22 posted on 01/13/2014 9:26:58 AM PST by onedoug
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To: cuban leaf

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.


23 posted on 01/13/2014 9:27:09 AM PST by ErnBatavia (The 0baMao Experiment: Abject Failure)
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To: DJ MacWoW

“landed at another airport about 7 miles away”

Close enough.


24 posted on 01/13/2014 9:27:13 AM PST by lowbridge
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To: DJ MacWoW

I read today when the passengers got off the plane, they discovered the plane stopped just 40 feet from going off a cliff.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/grantmartin/2014/01/12/southwest-airlines-plane-lands-at-wrong-airport-almost-careens-off-cliff/


25 posted on 01/13/2014 9:27:27 AM PST by rawhide
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To: Zhang Fei
That's an interesting comment. I thought LUV made money from serving the smaller markets.

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.

26 posted on 01/13/2014 9:27:42 AM PST by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: Tupelo

Seen one, seen ‘em all.


27 posted on 01/13/2014 9:32:22 AM PST by red river jack
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To: rawhide
Thanks for the added info.

That would give one pause.............

28 posted on 01/13/2014 9:32:54 AM PST by DJ MacWoW (The Fed Gov is not one ring to rule them all)
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To: Zhang Fei

“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!


29 posted on 01/13/2014 9:36:46 AM PST by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; me = independent conservative)
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To: onedoug

Foolproof system are always undermined by fools.


30 posted on 01/13/2014 9:38:15 AM PST by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; me = independent conservative)
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To: DJ MacWoW

Well, if the passengers can pick which seat they want to use, I guess the pilot can pick which airport he wants to use.


31 posted on 01/13/2014 9:39:21 AM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: DJ MacWoW

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]


32 posted on 01/13/2014 9:39:26 AM PST by Ramius (Personally, I give us one chance in three. More tea anyone?)
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To: DJ MacWoW
Apparently the author and the pilot are related.

If so, this is a lifetime's worth of material for a ribbing at family reunions.

33 posted on 01/13/2014 9:44:00 AM PST by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always.)
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To: DJ MacWoW

Pilot: WOW, that runway sure is short!

Co-Pilot: Yeah, but look how WIDE it is!...................


34 posted on 01/13/2014 9:47:08 AM PST by Red Badger (Proud member of the Zeta Omicron Tau Fraternity since 2004...................)
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To: Zhang Fei

They have to be cousins at the least as neither can correctly identify airports. lol


35 posted on 01/13/2014 9:47:17 AM PST by DJ MacWoW (The Fed Gov is not one ring to rule them all)
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To: Red Badger

LOL!!!


36 posted on 01/13/2014 9:48:21 AM PST by DJ MacWoW (The Fed Gov is not one ring to rule them all)
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To: Tupelo

...and in the dark....................


37 posted on 01/13/2014 9:48:32 AM PST by Red Badger (Proud member of the Zeta Omicron Tau Fraternity since 2004...................)
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To: cuban leaf; Uncle Chip

38 posted on 01/13/2014 9:49:50 AM PST by Jed Eckert (Wolverines!!)
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To: Tupelo
Hey, they all look alike from 30,000 feet.

Run-waycist!!

39 posted on 01/13/2014 9:51:50 AM PST by TangoLimaSierra (To win the country back, we need to be as mean as the libs say we are.)
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To: cuban leaf

But did they remember to load the passengers baggage?................

http://www.slate.com/articles/business/moneybox/2013/09/air_berlin_lost_luggage_the_german_airline_melts_down_on_social_media.html


40 posted on 01/13/2014 9:52:36 AM PST by Red Badger (Proud member of the Zeta Omicron Tau Fraternity since 2004...................)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

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.


41 posted on 01/13/2014 9:52:50 AM PST by onedoug
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To: Don Corleone

Geez.

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.


42 posted on 01/13/2014 9:54:41 AM PST by Hulka
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To: DJ MacWoW

43 posted on 01/13/2014 9:57:23 AM PST by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: rawhide

According to

http://www.airnav.com/airport/KPLK

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.

Additional Remarks
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.


44 posted on 01/13/2014 10:06:09 AM PST by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; me = independent conservative)
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To: bergmeid
Who knows.

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.

45 posted on 01/13/2014 10:06:34 AM PST by Hulka
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To: onedoug

And their pilots have great landing skillz!


46 posted on 01/13/2014 10:07:23 AM PST by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; me = independent conservative)
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To: DJ MacWoW

Aerial photo of runway showing drop-offs at either end.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/9/91/Clark_Taney_Co_Airport_6-1-09_by_KTrimble.jpg

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.


47 posted on 01/13/2014 10:08:10 AM PST by Rebelbase (Tagline: optional, printed after your name on post)
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To: Ramius

“He’s going to hear about it every day for the rest of his career.”

Which will be rather short.


48 posted on 01/13/2014 10:08:34 AM PST by Hulka
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To: Hulka

Those two pilots aren’t going to be able to live it down for a very, very long time.


49 posted on 01/13/2014 10:09:06 AM PST by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; me = independent conservative)
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To: DJ MacWoW

I hate it when that happens.


50 posted on 01/13/2014 10:11:38 AM PST by OrangeHoof (2001-2008: "Dissent Is Patriotism!" 2009-2016: "Dissent Is Racism!")
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