Giant Cargo Plane Successfully Lands at Intended Airport

Friday, Nov 22, 2013  |  Updated 3:18 AM CDT
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Giant Cargo Plane Successfully Lands at Intended Airport

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A Boeing 747 "Dreamlifter" takes off Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013, the day after it mistakenly landed at Col. James Jabara Airport in Wichita, Kan. The jet landed Wednesday evening at the airport, about 8 miles (13 kilometers) north of its intended destination, the McConnell Air Force Base. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

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A giant Boeing cargo plane founds its way to the right Air Force base Thursday, after it mistakenly landed at a nearby smaller airport. Officials had feared that airport's runway would be too short for the plane to takeoff. The 235-foot aircraft headed towards McConnell Air Force Base in Wichita, Kan., landed Wednesday night instead at Col James Jabara, a small commercial airport. The plane easily took off from Jabara Thursday afternoon and landed with no problems at the AFB McConnell. Officials shut down a highway and surrounding roads near Jabara as a safety precaution before the plane took off. Airport officials said had managed to turn the plane around on the runway and determined it could take off on the shorter runway. After the plane's landing at Jabara, officials were concerned that it would have been grounded since the runways at Jabara are about half the length of the ones at AFB McConnell.

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