“How many airports…are there?”
One of the 4 Boeing 747 Dreamlifters landed by mistake at a commercial airport on Wednesday November 20th, 2013 according to NBC news.
Boeing 747 Dreamlifters are used as freighters and usually transport whole parts of Boeing aircraft (mainly Dreamliners) to the company’s assembly facilities from suppliers around the globe.
The Dreamlifter involved in the incident was bound for McConnel Air Force Base in Kansas but landed at Colonel James Jabara Airport instead, following what appears to be a communications error between the crew and the Air Force traffic controllers.
A recording of a radio conversation with air traffic controllers appears to show that crew members were still unsure of their location even after landing at Jabara, which has no control tower and doesn’t normally handle cargo traffic. Wichita Mid-Continent Airport is the main commercial airport in the region.
In the recording, one of the pilots can be heard mistakenly telling the control tower at AFB McConnell that they landed at nearby Beech Factory Airport, then asking for details of other airports in the area.
“Let me ask you this, how many airports…are there?” one of the crew members is heard asking. NBC News.
Dreamlifters were introduced in 2007 and are only operated by Boeing. Manufacturer says it is the world’s longest cargo loader and can haul more cargo by volume than any airplane in the world. Main competitors, Airbus, use their very own aircraft dubbed “Beluga” for cargo hauling purposes.
November 21st, 2013.