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.
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.
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.
It is not known why the plane landed at the smaller airport but it appears to have been a mistake.
Air traffic control audio recorded during the incident shows the disoriented pilots thought they had landed at Beech Factory Airport in Wichita before realizing they were actually at Jabara.
Tower: "Do you know which airport you're at?"
Pilot: "Well we think we have a pretty good pulse -- how many airports directly to the south ... are there?"
Boeing sent a tug from its Wichita facilities to the airport to try to turn around the Dreamlifter, but that could take some time...
Because on the way to the airport early Thursday, the tug broke down. Another tug was brought in later in the day.
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