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US Southwest airplane lands at wrong airport with significantly shorter runway

Published on Jan 14, 2014 1:25 AM

WASHINGTON (AFP) - US airline Southwest was investigating on Monday after a flight bound for Missouri's Branson airport landed safely - at a different airport several kilometres away.

The scheduled flight was carrying 124 customers and a crew of five from Chicago Midway to Branson, Southwest said. Instead it landed at the Taney County airport, also in Branson.

The runway at Taney County is only about half the length of the one at the intended airport - 1,139m compared 2,176m - which could have posed a problem for the Boeing 737.

But with immediate, heavy breaking, the pilot was able to stop the plane about 150m before the end of the runway with no injuries, emergency and airport officials told CNN.

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