The Dreamlifter landed at Jabara.
1. Updated — 2:20 p.m. ET
2. An enormous cargo plane, a Boeing 747 Dreamlifter, mistakenly landed late Wednesday at the wrong airport in Wichita and was stuck there overnight. It finally took off around 2 p.m. ET on Thursday.
3. Atlas Air Flight 4241 originated in New York and was scheduled to land at McConnell Air Force Base in Kansas, but instead landed at the smaller Jabara Airport a few miles away.
According to Boeing, the Dreamlifter’s cargo hold is the largest in the world, by volume. It is one of four custom aircraft employed by Boeing and used to haul 787 Dreamliner parts.
4. The mammoth plane needs 9,199 feet of runway to take off at maximum weight, but the runway length at Jabara is just 6,101 feet.
5. It is not known why the plane landed at the smaller airport but it appears to have been a mistake.
The Federal Aviation Administration plans to investigate whether the pilot followed controllers’ instructions or violated any federal regulations.