Breaking News

Senators from Missouri demand answers in wrong-airport landing

Updated: 2014-01-15T06:09:57Z


The Kansas City Star

U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt has called for a “complete and thorough investigation” into Sunday’s landing of a passenger jet at the wrong Missouri airport.

Blunt, a Missouri Republican, asked for the probe in a letter sent Tuesday to the Federal Aviation Administration.

“The flying public and residents surrounding every commercial airport deserve answers,” the letter said.

Sen. Claire McCaskill, a Missouri Democrat, said the landing should provoke a review of flight control procedures. She led a hearing Tuesday on federal contracts for training air traffic controllers.

“It is hard to understand how the air traffic controllers allowed … them to land at the wrong airstrip, at the wrong airport, on the wrong runway,” she said.

On Sunday, a Southwest Airlines jet landed at M. Graham Clark Downtown Airport in Hollister instead of at Branson Airport.

Dave Helling,

Deal Saver Subscribe today!


The Kansas City Star is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

The Kansas City Star uses Facebook's commenting system. You need to log in with a Facebook account in order to comment. If you have questions about commenting with your Facebook account, click here