NTSB Investigating Southwest Landing Incident
The NTSB has secured the cockpit voice and flight data recorders from the Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 that erroneously landed yesterday at M. Graham Clark Downtown Airport (PLK) in Hollister, Mo., rather than its originally intended destination of Branson Airport. The U.S. safety invetigator said it will also conduct interviews with the crew of the Southwest flight this week.
Roughly an hour behind schedule, Southwest Flight 4013 carried 124 passengers and a crew of five when, at about 6:25 p.m. local time, it safely landed in Hollister, some six miles north of Branson. The flight originated from Chicago Midway Airport and was scheduled to continue to Dallas Love Field after landing in Branson. Branson Airport crews arrived at PLK to attend to Southwest Airlines’ customers and their baggage and dispatch them by bus to the proper airport. Southwest Airlines flew another aircraft into Branson Airport to accommodate passengers scheduled to depart Branson for Dallas that evening at 5:50 p.m. The delayed flight departed Branson at 10:36 p.m.
According to Branson Airport executive director Jeff Bourk, the destination airport operated normally at the time Flight 4013 should have arrived. He described weather conditions as good.