Updated Nov. 21, 2013 08.30 GMT
An Atlas Air Boeing 747 Dreamlifter, a modified “Jumbo” that is used to transport cargo across the world, landed at the wrong airport in Wichita, Kansas.
The huge aircraft was flying from New York’s JFK airport to McConnell Air Force Base, but it landed at Jabara airport, about 12 miles away its planned destination.
The Dreamlifter landed at Jabara. pic.twitter.com/iGQpMfwIFB
— Joseph Graybill (@jr_graybill) November 21, 2013
What is even more embarrassing, the aircraft might be unable to take off again from there, because the runway is too short: about 6,100 feet instead of about 9,000 feet. Still, according to the latest news, provided the weather is favorable and the aircraft has burnt enough fuel from JFK to Jabara, a crew will attempt to move the plane to McConnel AFB by air…
ATC comms prove the pilots initially thought they had landed at the right airport.
It’s not the first time such a mishap occurs: in July 2012, a U.S. Air Force C-17 landed at the wrong airport at Tampa, Florida. But it was able to take off from there.
Update: the aircraft successfully departed from Jabara’s short runway without any problem. See video below.
Image credit: Joseph Graybill
How does that happen?
least the plane flies lol
I had the same thoughts. From what I’ve see, it flies in unloaded and picks up components for the 787 to be flown back to Seattle. I also read that “The plane’s load was lightened considerably so that it would be able to take off from a short runway”. I would imagine a lot of that was fuel load.
Where in the audio file is the point where they realise their mistake? I listened to it partly, but am not in the mood to listen to 12min of radio chatter. Maybe someone can help me out. ;)