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Whoops! Pilots land massive plane at wrong Kansas airport
« on: November 21, 2013, 02:45:24 PM »
http://dailycaller.com/2013/11/21/whoops-pilots-land-massive-plane-at-wrong-kansas-airport/



Whoops! Pilots land massive plane at wrong Kansas airport

Posted By Chuck Ross On 1:23 PM 11/21/2013


WICHITA, Kan. – A Boeing Dreamlifter 747 landed at the wrong airport in Wichita, Kan. Wednesday night.

The cargo plane, operated by Atlas Air and used to haul parts for the commercial Boeing 787, was bound for McConnell Air Force Base which is on the south side of Wichita.

But the two-person crew missed their mark by the entire length of the city, instead landing at Jabara airport, a small public airport located on Wichita’s north side.

“Uh, yes sir, we just landed at the other airport,” the Dreamlifter pilot told air traffic controllers. The pilots initially believed that they’d landed the plane at Beech Factory Airport, a nearby airport used by an airplane manufacturer.

Asked by air traffic controllers at McConnell whether they’d circled Jabara or flown straight in, the pilot said they’d taken the latter path. That despite Jabara being closed at the time of landing, which occurred at approximately 9:44 p.m. local time.

The massive plane was too large to turn around on Jabara’s 100 foot wide runway.

In response, Boeing, which has a large facility in south Wichita, dispatched a tug in order to move the huge, white shimmery air vessel.

Throwing a wrench in those plans, the airplane tug broke down en route, though only for about half an hour.

The Daily Caller News Foundation first spotted the stranded tug.

Initially, it was thought that the length of Jabara’s runway would pose a problem for take-off. Under normal conditions a 747 at full-carrying capacity requires 7,545 feet of landing room and 9,901 for take-off. Jabara’s runway stretches only 6,101 feet. Luckily, the mis-landed plane was mostly empty, decreasing its pavement requirements.

Brian Christopher, of the Wichita Airport Authority spokes to reports before 7 a.m. local time. He said that the accidental landing causes no damage. No injuries were sustained. The plane will embark to its original destination around noon on Thursday.

Boeing owns four 747 Dreamlifters. The 235-foot plane has the most carrying capacity, by volume, of any cargo plane in the world, according to Boeing. The plane is used to haul parts for the commercial Boeing 787.

The Federal Aviation Administration issued a statement saying they’d investigate the “deviation”, as part of standard procedure.

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Re: Whoops! Pilots land massive plane at wrong Kansas airport
« Reply #1 on: November 21, 2013, 02:51:07 PM »
This is not as difficult to do as one might imagine since there are probably more airfields in Wichita than any other place in America!

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Re: Whoops! Pilots land massive plane at wrong Kansas airport
« Reply #2 on: November 21, 2013, 03:22:36 PM »
This is not as difficult to do as one might imagine since there are probably more airfields in Wichita than any other place in America!

That may be the case, BigUn, but you have to admit the story is funny. I imagine those two pilots are in for a bit of ribbing from their fellows, though maybe not from their superiors.
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Re: Whoops! Pilots land massive plane at wrong Kansas airport
« Reply #3 on: November 21, 2013, 05:21:10 PM »
Obama voters. :beer:
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Re: Whoops! Pilots land massive plane at wrong Kansas airport
« Reply #4 on: November 21, 2013, 06:49:27 PM »
Someone's career just took a nose dive, pun intended.
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Re: Whoops! Pilots land massive plane at wrong Kansas airport
« Reply #5 on: November 21, 2013, 07:11:21 PM »
This is not as difficult to do as one might imagine since there are probably more airfields in Wichita than any other place in America!

yah...and it was a dark and stormy night too....

I'd love to have been on the flight deck about the time they touched down and realized they were already running short of runway.  And sending the tug let these guys off too light.  If they were worth their salt as pilots, they could have used their thrust reversers and backed her down the runway for takeoff....


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Re: Whoops! Pilots land massive plane at wrong Kansas airport
« Reply #6 on: November 21, 2013, 07:14:40 PM »
Welcome, guys, to Douglas Corrigan Memorial Airport.

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Re: Whoops! Pilots land massive plane at wrong Kansas airport
« Reply #7 on: November 21, 2013, 07:43:33 PM »
Here is the actual type of aircraft.  It is a highly modified 747-400.  It's official name is the 747 Large Cargo Freighter.

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Re: Whoops! Pilots land massive plane at wrong Kansas airport
« Reply #8 on: November 21, 2013, 07:51:10 PM »
Obviously the aircraft in the photos are not a  Dreamlifter 747 - you have to watch the video to see it.   This was a big Oooops for the two crewmen, but not an impossible situation to land and take off again. We had a planned takeoff and landing once of a 747 at Renton WA Municipal Airport used to fly 737s out of on their first flight.   Renton is 5382 feet, 727 feet shorter than the Kansas airport. Still I would not want to be the pilot putting a Dreamlifter out of service from over shooting a runway.

I've seen the Dreamlifter fly over our house a few times when it was on its shakedown flights out of Seattle. It has a massive girth.
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