Flight 4013 continues from BKG-DAL after an unexpected stop at PLK. pic.twitter.com/ZGMgIzKkU6— Scott Schieffer (@ScottDallasTX) January 13, 2014
Since this incident was a result of crew confusion and not airline error, there's no cause to get angry with any one party. Scott shared the main concern: "We have all deplaned from @SouthwestAir 4013, and the mood is somber now that we realized we were 40 feet from the edge of a cliff."
Alas, even Boeing can make a similar mistake. On November 20, one of the airplane manufacturer's massive Dreamlifter planes mistakenly landed at Colonel James Jabara Airport in the Wichita, Kansas area. The flight, which departed from New York JFK, was supposed to fly to McConnell Air Force Base, but instead landed about nine miles away at the tiny general aviation airport. It departed the next day without incident, even though many doubted that the planewhich is so large because it is designed to transport airplane partscould take off on a short runway.
The fears were the same for this Southwest 737. However, it's set to depart M. Graham Clark Downtown Airport later today, empty of passengers, and will return to regular service.
Perhaps there's a good reason the Midwest is often deemed "Flyover Country"it's simply got too many airports to make landing at one easy!
[Photos: Scott Schieffer (@scottdallastx)]