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WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal investigators say Southwest Airlines pilots who recently landed at the wrong airport in Missouri have told them they were confused by the small airport's runway lights.
The National Transportation Safety Board said Friday the pilots of the Boeing 737 with 124 passengers on board told investigators they saw the bright runway lights of Graham Clark Downtown Airport, located in Hollister and mistakenly identified it as the larger Branson Airport, which is seven miles away.
NTSB said the pilots contacted the Branson control tower and were told they were 15 miles from their target. But the pilots responded they had the runway in sight. They were cleared to land.
The Downtown Airport runway is half as long as the Branson runway. The runways are oriented in a similar direction.
MOSCOW (AP) - A Russian lawyer for Edward Snowden says the National Security Agency leaker has received asylum in Russia for one year and left the transit zone of Moscow' airport.
Anatoly Kucherena said he handed over the papers to Snowden on Thursday. He said Snowden left Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport where he was stuck since his arrival from Hong Kong on June 23.
Kucherena said that Snowden's whereabouts will be kept secret for security reasons.
The U.S. has demanded that Russia send Snowden home to face prosecution for espionage, but President Vladimir Putin has dismissed the request.
Putin had said that Snowden could receive asylum in Russia on condition he stops leaking U.S. secrets. Kucherena has said Snowden accepted the condition.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — South Korea says two veteran pilots were flying the Asiana Airlines jetliner when it crashed while landing at San Francisco's airport, killing two people.
The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport says four pilots were aboard and rotated in two-person shifts during the flight from Asia.
Officials say more than 300 passengers and crew members were aboard when it slammed into the runway and caught fire. The two dead were found outside the wreckage. Another 182 people were taken to hospitals, many with minor injuries.
San Francisco's fire chief says authorities have accounted for all passengers and crew members who were aboard the jetliner.
The flight originated in Shanghai, China with a stopover in Seoul.
National Transportation Safety Board investigators are on the scene.
Learjet landed safely at Lambert Airport just after 1:30 PM. No visible damage to plane. Emergency crews on scene to examine plane. EARLIER:
Lambert Airport is preparing for the emergency landing of a Learjet that is reporting disabled landing gear.
The plane had been circling Parks Airport in Cahokia. The pilot of the plane alerted the tower of a problem just after 12 o'clock, and the tower in turn notified the fire department. An employee of Parks Airport, and she confirms 8 passengers are on board the plane, which she believes was heading for St. Louis.
Apparently the jet is experiencing problems with the landing gear...the nose gear to be more specific...its having problems extending the nose gear underneath the front of the Learjet.
In situations like these, the airport will handle these emergencies on a case-by-case basis.