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Southwest Airlines flight that landed at airport 7 miles from original destination on Jan. 12, 2014. (photo credit: KTVT-TV.)

Southwest Airlines flight that landed at airport 7 miles from original destination on Jan. 12, 2014. (photo credit: KTVT-TV.)

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BRANSON, Mo. (AP) —  A Southwest Airlines flight that was supposed to land at Branson Airport in Missouri instead touched down Sunday night at a smaller airport near the southwest Missouri resort town.

Southwest Airlines Flight 4013 was scheduled to go from Chicago’s Midway International Airport to Branson Airport, airline spokesman Brad Hawkins said in a statement late Sunday. Instead, the Boeing 737-700 landed about 7 miles northeast at Taney County Airport, which is also known as M. Graham Clark Downtown Airport.

Hawkins said there were 124 passengers and five crew members on the flight. He also said the landing was “uneventful.”

The flight, which flightaware.com says landed at 6:11 p.m. CST, had been scheduled to go from Branson to Dallas’ Love Field. Hawkins said a plane was flown in specifically to Branson Airport around 10 p.m. to take the passengers and crew to Dallas.

The website for M. Graham Clark Airport says its longest runway is 3,738 feet. Branson Airport’s website says its runway is 7,140 feet long.

Hawkins said the aircraft at M. Graham Clark Downtown Airport is able to take off on the smaller runway, and Southwest expects to fly it out “as early as tomorrow morning.”

The Taney County Sheriff’s Office referred all calls to M. Graham Clark Downtown Airport. Messages left for comment from M. Graham Clark Airport were not immediately returned.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Tony Molinaro says the agency is investigating the incident.

In November, a Boeing 747 was supposed to land at Kansas’ McConnell Air Force Base in Wichita, Kan., but instead landed 9 miles north of its intended destination. That plane was flown by a two-person crew, had no passengers and was delivering parts for Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner to a nearby company.

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