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Boeing Cargo Jet Stranded At Wrong Airport

posted 21 Nov 2013, 07:31 by Sam Mbale   [ updated 21 Nov 2013, 07:32 ]
NVO - A Boeing cargo jet that was stranded overnight at a Kansas airport that was too small to handle the giant aircraft is set to take off later Thursday, officials said.

The Dreamlifter bound for McConnell Air Force Base in WichitaKansas, landed instead at the nearby Colonel James Jabara Airport run by the city, according to a statement by a Boeing Co spokesman.

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The company declined further comment and said more information would be released later Thursday.

City officials said the 235-foot (72 meter) Atlas Air 747 Dreamlifter landed there late Wednesday by mistake, but didn't say what led to the error. The two pilots had taken off from New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport, officials said.

The 600-acre (243 hectare) Jabara airport, which has one runway, one helipad and no control tower, is about 9 miles (14 km) from McConnell.

There was no damage to the airplane or airport, and no injuries were reported, officials said.

By daybreak on Thursday, the plane was cleared for a 12:00 p.m. CT (1800 GMT) take-off to continue its journey to the base, said Van Williams, a spokesman for the city of Wichita.

The Dreamlifter is a modified 747-400-passenger plane that can haul more cargo by volume than any other plane, according to Boeing's website.