BRANSON, MISSOURI (January 13, 2014) – The Southwest Airlines’ Pilot in command of flight #4013 safely landed at PLK (M. Graham Clark Downtown Airport) last night. The Boeing 737-700 carried 124 Customers and a Crew of five. Flight #4013 was operating as a scheduled flight from Chicago Midway to Branson. The flight was scheduled to continue on to Dallas after landing at Branson Airport. The flight was scheduled to arrive at 5:20pm at BKG (Branson Airport). The flight was delayed by an hour and touched down at approximately 6:10pm at PLK (M. Graham Clark Downtown Airport).
Branson Airport crews arrived at PLK to take care of Southwest Airlines’ Customers and their baggage. Passengers were transported by bus back to the Branson Airport. Southwest Airlines brought another aircraft into the Branson Airport to accommodate passengers scheduled to depart Branson for Dallas that evening at 5:50 pm. The delayed flight departed Branson at 10:36 pm.
Executive Director of the Branson Airport, Jeff Bourk, reported “The Branson Airport was operating normally, weather conditions were good, the control tower was open and the airport was ready for aircraft operations at BKG”
Branson Airport staff, PLK staff, Taney County Emergency Management, and the Sheriff’s office all worked together throughout the evening. Southwest Airlines’ Customers and Crew are safe. Bourk commented, “Thank you to everyone who responded so quickly and professionally. We appreciate the team effort shown by the first responders in our community.”
In a statement posted by Southwest Airlines at 9am, Monday, January 13th: We expect the aircraft that landed at (PLK) Taney County airport in Branson, Missouri, to depart the airport today. We continue to look into the circumstances which led the Pilot in command of flight 4013 from Chicago Midway to land at the airport, several miles from the Branson Airport we serve. We are cooperating with authorities in this investigation. We want to thank first responders and Branson Airport Administrators for joining in the work with our ground operations staff to immediately take care of our Customers and their baggage last night. We have since reached out to each Customer directly to apologize, refund their tickets, and provide future travel credit as a gesture of goodwill for the inconvenience. Another aircraft was brought into Branson last evening to bring continuing Customers on the flight to Dallas Love Field.