Massive cargo plane lands at wrong airport, takes off on too short runway
WICHITA, Kan. (CNN) – A large cargo plane that landed at the wrong airport in Kansas was forced to take off using a runway that is much shorter than it normally uses.
The Atlas Air 747 Dreamlifter is a modified 747 plane that can haul more cargo by volume than any other airplane in the world.
Wednesday night, the plane, which was bound for McConnell Air Force Base from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport, missed its mark by about 12 miles.
Instead of landing at the military base, it landed at a much-smaller airport.
According to CNN, the airport does not have a control tower and does not handle jumbo jets.
According to KWCH, the Dreamlifter needs a runway of 9,199 feet long to take off.
However, the airport’s runway is only 6,101 feet, more than half a mile shorter than the usual runway.
Authorities in the area shut down Hwy 96, located just south of the runway, before the attempt to make sure there is no traffic on the roadway.
The plane was able to successfully take off from the airport’s shorter runway but now investigators are looking into why the pilot landed at the wrong airport in the first place.