ATC AUDIO OF BOEING DREAMLIFTER LANDING AT THE WRONG AIRPORT!

planeHere is an ATC audio recording of the Boeing Dreamlifter landing at the wrong airport while on a parts run from McConnell AFB to Boeing’s Wichita plant. Sounds like there were some very low information pilots flying that massive and highly modified Boeing 747-400 Large Cargo Freighter, otherwise known as the freakishly plump “Dreamlifter.” Boeing’s Dreamlifter was built to haul major parts of the 787 around the globe and back to major assembly points for the Dreamliner. This is fantastic audio. I give great credit to everyone for remaining so calm, but man these pilots, with all their expensive navigational gear, had to ask for every piece of info from ATC. Maybe they were doing it to cover their backs, but I doubt such acting will work. This could have been a very, very deadly affair. If there was a collision with another aircraft there would be literally hundreds of tons of metal and steel raining down over Wichita….

Now the big question is how will it get out of that airfield? Jabrara has runway just over a mile in length. If this Dreamlifter has some heavy cargo onboard I cannot see it safely flying out of there even with almost no fuel onboard. Boeing will probably have to unload the parts before the jet can safely depart for a very short trip to Boeing’s Wichita plant. Then there is the question of potential damage the heavy Boeing could have made on arrival or on departure, as this airport was never designed for such heavy aircraft operations. Check out the audio of the Dreamlifter landing at Jabrara airport in Kansas here:

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7 Responses to ATC AUDIO OF BOEING DREAMLIFTER LANDING AT THE WRONG AIRPORT!

  1. Ian Hall says:

    It is rumoured that many years ago a TWA jet landed at RAF Northolt instead of Heathrow.

  2. Reuben says:

    found some footage of it taking of on the CNBC site http://www.cnbc.com/id/101218552

  3. RBBailey says:

    This is crazy. But I do have to say, looking at the map, there are three airports in that area with the same runway heading in very close proximity. One wonders if a simple programming error at the beginning of the flight may had lead to this mistake. That is to say, whoever punched the numbers into the nav computer may have been looking at the map and may have simply put in the wrong airport code!

    That said, the pilots should have known something was not right. They should have picked up on the error. And it is odd that they have no clue where they are, and can’t find info for the airport.

    A 707 once landed at TTD by mistake.

  4. Chris says:

    A 12,00ft runway as the destination and a 6,100ft as the actual landing runway. The width and length might have given it away to me. But kudos to the pilots for landing and stopping that heavy of a jet on that short of a runway.

  5. John says:

    Being overly dramatic with the “This could have been a very, very deadly affair. If there was a collision with another aircraft there would be literally hundreds of tons of metal and steel raining down over Wichita….”

    I fly a Boeing 737NG and not every airport is in the FMS. The database is customized. So, looking at the NAV display would probably not yield a clue at what airport you landed at.

    Loss of situational awareness and not cross checking are links in the chain to this incident. It is very easy, even “with all their expensive navigational gear.”

    The big question I had was, what would a loss of a Dreamlifter do to the 787 program?

  6. aviationintel.com says:

    Thanks for adding to the discussion guys!

    John- Welcome and thank you for posting. On the dramatic comment, I rarely build things up here in a dramatic fashion, but I seriously think a 747 landing at the wrong uncontrolled but active airport is a major hazard. As a pilot I am surprised you think it is not? Please give us some further insight if you have a sec.

    A moving map probably would solve some of these issues and the aforementioned data-base parameters should probably be changed. Not knowing the airports in the immediate vicinity of your destination seems foolish and lazy to me.

    I thought the same thing, I wonder how much “excess” capability that have with the current fleet. I would imagine very little.

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