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by Hal Mooz 21. November 2013 08:43

Giant Boeing 747 freighter lands at wrong Kansas airport

A behemoth Boeing air freighter bound for McConnell Air Force Base in Wichita, Kan., landed Wednesday night at a nearby smaller commercial airport by mistake, and officials scrambled to come up with a plan to get it back in the air.

A recording of a radio conversation with air traffic controllers appears to show that crew members were still unsure of their location even after landing at Jabara, which has no control tower and doesn't normally handle cargo traffic. Wichita Mid-Continent Airport is the main commercial airport in the region. In the recording, one of the pilots can be heard mistakenly telling the control tower at AFB McConnell that they landed at nearby Beech Factory Airport, then asking for details of other airports in the area.

"Let me ask you this, how many airports...are there?" one of the crew members is heard asking.

Officials were initially worried that the plane — which weighs 400,000 pounds even when empty — would be grounded because Jabara’s 6,100-foot runway is about half the length of the runways at AFB McConnell. But by morning they had determined there was enough room for a takeoff and scheduled a noon departure.


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