A Southwest Airlines passenger jet scheduled to land at Branson Airport on Sunday instead landed at M. Graham Clark Downtown Airport, or Taney County Airport, which has a shorter runway. While the incident is under investigation, the 737 sits on the M Graham Clark Airport Monday morning awaiting takeoff.
Flight 4013 was on its way to Missouri from Chicago Midway.
Passenger Jodell Fitzwater said the plane filled with the smell of burning rubber, and the passengers didn't realize until they were on the ground that they had landed at the wrong airport.
No one was injured and several agencies are on the scene working to get passengers off the plane and boarded on a shuttle to take them to Branson Airport, according to Branson Airport executive director Jeff Bourk.
The runway at the Taney County Airport stretches only 3,738 feet. The Branson Airport runway is 7,140.
Southwest Airlines released the following statement on Sunday evening.
"The Southwest Airlines Pilot in command of flight #4013 safely landed at (PLK) Taney County airport this evening. The Boeing 737-700 carried 124 Customers and a crew of five and was operating as a scheduled flight from Chicago Midway to Branson. Our ground crew from the Branson airport has arrived at the airport to take care of our Customers and their baggage. The landing was uneventful, and all Customers and Crew are safe."