Jumbo jet mistakenly lands at tiny Kansas airport.

21 Nov

A Boeing 747 Dreamlifter cargo plane will attempt to take off from a minor airport in Kansas after it landed there by mistake.

The giant cargo jet was heading for McConnell air force base in Wichita but instead touched down at nearby Colonel James Jabara airport. Airport officials believe the plane will be able to depart despite the much shorter runway at Jabara.

An attempt is scheduled for noon local time (18:00 GMT) on Thursday. The aircraft normally needs a runway of 2,780m (9,119ft) to get airborne at maximum weight; Jabara’s runway is only 1,860m long.

A tug was dispatched to the airport to turn around the giant cargo plane. Brad Christopher of the Wichita Airport Authority told the Associated Press news agency the company that operates the aircraft had “assured us they’ve run all the engineering calculation and performance and the aircraft is very safe for a normal departure at its current weight and conditions here”.

The Dreamlifter, which landed at Jabara on
Wednesday evening, is a modified 747-400
passenger aeroplane, which can carry more
cargo by volume than any aeroplane in the
world, according to Boeing.

The aerospace company uses its fleet of four
Dreamlifters to transport large assembled
components of its 787 Dreamliner from
suppliers around the world to the final
assembly location in Washington state.

The City of Wichita tweeted that no-one was
injured and no property damage occurred
when the plane landed.

Story from BBC

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