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Plane Lands at Wrong Airport: Boeing Dreamlifter Cargo Jet Gets Stuck

Thursday, 21 Nov 2013 02:40 PM

By Clyde Hughes

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A Boeing 747 Dreamlifter cargo plane accidently landed at the wrong airport in Wichita, Kan., Wednesday evening, effectively getting stuck as concerns were raised as to whether the facility's 6,100-foot runway would be long enough for it to leave.

City of Wichita officials said the plane would attempt to leave Col. James Jabara Airport near Wichita about noon, Central time, according to its Twitter account.

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The large airplane, which took off from New York's John F. Kennedy Airport earlier in the day, was supposed to have landed at McConnell Air Force Base.

The Wall Street Journal reported that 747 jets typically need at least 9,000 feet of runway to guarantee enough room to safely take off when fully loaded.

"A Dreamlifter bound for McConnell Air Force Base in Wichita safely landed this evening at nearby Col. James Jabara Airport instead. We are working to determine next steps and will have additional information in the morning," Boeing said in a statement, reported by USA Today.

Boeing later added, according to KWCH-TV: "There were no injuries or damage to the airplane. The airplane can take off from that runway and is in position to depart later today. From there, the plane will land at McConnell Air Force base and unload as planned."

Boeing built the Dreamlifter specifically to fly large parts of its 787 Dreamliner from suppliers to assembly line locations. Boeing says that the Dreamlifter can carry more volume cargo than any other aircraft.

The Wall Street Journal reported that according to air traffic control recordings, the Boeing crew confirmed it had clearance to land at McConnell AFB.

Once it landed Jabara, the crew asked the tower for taxiing instructions when they were notified it had not landed at McConnell, the WSJ wrote.

The crew believed that they had accidentally landed at another airport in the area, Beech Factory Airport, but were later informed they had landed at Jabara, just to the north of Beech.

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