Pilots Who Landed Plane at Wrong Airport Grounded

The NTSB has launched an investigation to determine how veteran pilots landed on the wrong runway.
3:00 | 01/14/14

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To you to the fallout from the southwest plane that landed at the wrong airport. The veteran pilots who were flying it have been grounded. And an investigation has been launched. Abc's alex perez with the latest from branson, missouri. Good morning, alex. Reporter: Good morning, robin. This is a tiny airport and we've learned there weren't even any employees here when that southwest flight touched down. This morning, we are learning more about those pilots who landed southwest flight 4013 at the wrong airport. Both grounded. Pending investigations by the faa and the ntsb. I can't just start moving the airplane around or trying to reposition or anything like that. Reporter: The captain of 14 years southwest veteran, the co-pilot 1 years with the company. But still no word on how they could have brought a plane full of passengers so close to possible disaster. We're very lucky indeed especially considering there was a cliff at the end of the runway. Reporter: The boeing 737 with 124 passengers on board took off from chicago's midway airport sunday. It was supposed to land at branson airport in missouri but instead he somehow landed here, seven miles away at the much smaller taney county airport. Take a look, the runways face in a similar direction but branson's runway is more than 7,000 feet long and has an overrun zone in case planes go off the runway. The runway at taney county is some 3,000 feet shorter with steep drop-offs at either end and has never had a 737 land there before. And that's why the pilot slammed on the brakes, the plane coming to a screeching haulth 300 feet before it would have plunged right over the edge here. Southwest finally moved the plane monday and we now know authorities have taken the plane's black boxes to d.C. Looking for answers. And we've also learned the ntsb will be interviewing the crew of flight 4013 sometime this week. Robin, george. Okay, alex, thank you very much. Again, twice in two months this has happened. A lot of questions still to be answered.

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