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Senators from Missouri demand answers in wrong-airport landing

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

By DAVE HELLING

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, dhelling@kcstar.com

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