(FORBES – When the wheels of Scott Schieffer’s airplane touched the ground at his destination, something didn’t seem right.
“We landed very abruptly with the pilot applying the brakes very hard. We smelled burnt rubber from the stop,” he told me privately over Twitter.
The flight, Southwest Airlines 4013, which left from Chicago’s Midway airport this afternoon was originally scheduled to fly to Dallas with a stop in Branson, Missouri (BKG) but instead, the aircraft touched down at Taney County Airport (PLK), 8.6 miles away from its intermediate stop. According to airportguide.com, PLK’s runway is about half the length of BKG’s at 3738 feet versus 7140 feet.
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Mr. Schieffer, a Dallas tax attorney and CPA reported that that crew and passengers remained calm and professional during the erroneous landing, saying “The flight attendants are now passing out peanuts liberally. Everyone is in good spirits, but we haven’t heard anything from the pilot,” adding “the pilot keeps repeating, ‘we apologize for the inconvenience.’”