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Jumbo Jet Stuck at Small Airport

Updated: Thursday, November 21 2013, 09:27 AM EST
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - Boeing says a 747 jumbo jet used to haul parts for construction of its new 787 Dreamliner jet landed at the wrong Kansas airport.
   
The plane maker says the Dreamlifter landed safely Wednesday evening at Col. James Jabara Airport, about eight miles from McConnell Air Force Base in Wichita where it was supposed to land.
   
A Dreamlifter is supposed to need a runway 9,199 feet long to take off at maximum takeoff weight, and 7,000 feet to land at maximum landing weight. The runway length at Jabara is 6,101 feet.

Although Jabara airport has a small runway, Roger Xanders, chief of the Wichita Airport Authority's police and fire department, told KMBC-TV that the plane will be able to take off about noon Thursday.
   
Boeing spokesman Marc Birtel says the Dreamlifter was bound for McConnell because it is adjacent to Spirit AeroSystems, a major supplier for the Dreamliner. He didn't say why or how the plane landed at the wrong airport.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)Jumbo Jet Stuck at Small Airport


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