- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 13, 2016

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. Sen. John Thune has met with officials from Delta Air Lines to talk about a jetliner with 130 passengers on board that landed at the wrong airport in South Dakota last week.

The Republican senator said Wednesday that the discussion is the first step in making sure the event isn’t repeated. Thune says it’s important that Delta and government officials take precautions to avoid unnecessary future errors.

The Airbus A320 landed at Ellsworth Air Force Base when its destination was an airport in Rapid City. Ellsworth is about 10 miles due north of Rapid City Regional Airport.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the incident. Thune is chairman of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, which has jurisdiction over the board.


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