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Oops! Airplane lands at wrong airport

By Kevin Fitzgerald     Nov 21, 2013 in World
Wichita - On Wednesday night, a massive Boeing 747 Dreamlifter cargo plane touched down at the wrong airport in Kansas. The plane was supposed to land at another airport located about 10 miles south.
Yahoo! News reports that the cargo plane, which is operated by Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, originally departed from New York's JFK International Airport just before 7:30 Wednesday evening and was supposed to land at McConnell Air Force Base in Kansas. Instead, the large airplane touched down just before 9:30 pm at the much smaller Jabara Airport.
According to ABC News, Jabara Airport's runway only measures 6,101 feet and is typically meant to accommodate much smaller aircraft.
The Associated Press (via ABC 15) states that the plane, which contains a two-person crew, became stuck at the airport and had to be turned around by a tug so that it could depart again sometime later on Thursday.
Brad Christopher of the Wichita Airport Authority also gave a statement to the Associated Press saying:
"We've been in contact with Atlas company headquarters in New York. They've 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 mistaken landing is thought to be a result of pilot error and not an equipment malfunction.
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