You may be having a bad day, but at least you didn’t land a giant airplane nine miles from where you were supposed to.
That’s what one pilot realized he’d done late Wednesday night, when he radioed to a control tower at McConnell Air Force Base in Wichita, Kansas that his Boeing 747 Dreamlifter was wheels down, only to have a confused air traffic controller ask if he was, you know, sure about that.
“Apparently we’ve landed at another airport,” the pilot radioed back a moment later.
He’d actually landed the Dreamlifter, one of the largest cargo planes in the world, at Jabrara Airport, a nearby tiny landing strip that doesn’t even have a tower.
Complicating matters, the runway at Jabrara is 3,000 feet below the massive plane’s necessary space for takeoff. Authorities determined that since the plane had used much of its fuel on the flight, it was light enough to take off from the shorter runway. A tug has been dispatched to turn the plane around and position it for a quick takeoff to the intended airport.
Listen to the pilot’s conversation below:
And watch a local newscast on the incident, via KWCH:
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