Southwest Jet Lands at Wrong Airport

Pilot slammed the breaks on a smaller runway, stopping just short of a cliff.
3:00 | 01/13/14

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We begin with the scare in the paper a southwest flight landing at the wrong airport in missouri. Coming within feet of going over a -- the cliff -- the edge of a cliff. Abc's alex perez is at midway airport in chicago where the flight originated. Good morning, alex. Reporter: Good morning, robin. Many unanswered questions this morning. The passengers said they knew something went wrong when they felt the pilot slam on the breaks. We kind of stopped abruptly. Reporter: A flight packed with 124 passengers took off from chicago's midway airport and was supposed to land at branson airport in missouri. Instead, it landed eight miles away at a tane count airport. The runway so short it reportedly forced the pilot to slam on the brake, coming to a halt just 500 feet from a road way. Just moments after the landing, the pilot tries to calm passengers' nerves. People know we're here. And we'll be taking care of you just as soon as we can. Thanks again for your patience. Again, I poll jazz. Reporter: The incident similar to when this plane landed at a tiny airport in kansas. It is also the latest in a string of hiccups for southwest. In november, a southwest flight from tampa to raleigh dropped 10,000 feet due to a cabin pressurization problem, making some passengers sick. And in july, at new york city's LaGUARDIA AIRPORT, PASSENGERS Were horrified when a southwest flight landed nose first, setting off sparks and panic. As for sun's debacle, southwest called the landing uneventful overnight. Noting that all customers and crew are safe. The faa and ntsb are now investigating. Making the situation worse, the airport where the plane landed, it is so small, it doesn't have the fire and rescue equipment needed to respond to a commercial plane crash. The passengers breathing a sigh of relief this morning. Let's bring in colonel steven ganyard. This is very scary, george. This is a runway that is half the distance that the crew expected to be landing on. It's made of asphalt, not concrete. It could have been catastrophic if the runway was wet, or if the crew had come in faster than anticipated. Is there a simple explanation? No simple explanation. It's just hard to understand how could something like this happen? This airplane has so much It can put this crew within ght feet of any point on the earth. Why they were not using it, why it wasn't employed here, why day took visual cues and got pulled off to some airport that wasn't there is hard to ups. Not the first incident for southwest. Do they need a safety review? Not just southwest. Go back to the wichita incident. A 747 landed at the airport that wasn't a intended destination. I think the faa has to look at the procedures of all airlines. Make sure they're not having trouble with visual night transition. Thank you. Now to the latest bout of dangerous weather this wint

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