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Southwest flight lands at wrong Missouri airport

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BRANSON, Mo. (AP) - The Southwest Airlines jet that landed at the wrong Missouri airport is now heading back into service.

A Southwest Airlines flight that was scheduled to arrive Sunday Jan. 12, 2014, at Branson Airport in southwest Missouri instead landed at an airport 7 miles north — with a runway about half the size of the intended destination. AP Photo.

The Boeing 737 took off around 3 p.m. Monday from M. Graham Clark Downtown Airport in Taney County. Southwest spokeswoman Michelle Agnew says the jet will travel to Tulsa, Okla., for fueling, then return to service.

Southwest Airlines Flight 4013 was traveling from Chicago Midway Airport bound for Branson Airport Sunday night. It landed instead at the smaller airport, 7 miles away.

No one was hurt but a passenger described the landing as abrupt. The runway at M. Graham Clark airport is a little more than half as long as the Branson Airport.

Southwest says the pilot and first officer were removed from flying pending an investigation. The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating.

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