Massive Boeing 747 mistakenly lands at tiny Kansas airport

Thu Nov 21, 2013 18:12:13

A Boeing 747 jumbo jet mistakenly has landed at a tiny Kansas airport for an unknown reason and appears to be stuck there.

The Dreamlifter jet landed at Jabara Airport in Wichita at 10:20 p.m. Wednesday instead of McConnell Air Force Base which is about eight miles away.

According to air traffic control recordings of the flight, the aircraft was cleared to land at its intended airport and the crew confirmed its clearance back to the controllers at McConnell AFB.

Upon landing, the crew of the plane radioed in and told them they had landed at Beech Factory Airport, another small landing base about six miles away.

A Boeing spokesman confirmed to The Wall Street Journal in a statement that the plane had landed on the 6,101-foot long runway and that 'we are working to determine the next steps'.

It is thought the 235-foot long plane is too large to takeoff from the small runway and Boeing has dispatched a tug to turn the jet around, Kake.com reports.

No damage was reported or injuries to the two-person crew.

It is not clear whether the jet landed there by an accident or if there was an actual reason.

The FAA is currently investigating the situation and findings will be released in the coming weeks.

The white and blue jet reportedly is owned by Atlas Air of Purchase, New York.

It's one of four custom aircrafts employed by the US plane maker to transport major body and wing parts for each 787 Dreamliner from sites in Japan, Italy and around the US, the Wall Street Journal reports.

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