The Boeing Dreamlifter 747 cargo plane is trying to take off in Kansas after accidentally landing at the wrong airport yesterday. We’re just hoping everything goes as planned and many people are nervously waiting for the huge plane to begin its attempted departure.
As previously reported by The Inquisitr, Boeing might have considered renaming their plane the dreamdropper after being embarrassed by landing at the wrong airport.
The Boeing Dreamlifter is a modified 747-400 passenger airplane that can haul more cargo by volume than any airplane in the world. But being such a large beast brings problems of its own. The errant cargo plane was supposed to land at McConnell Air Force Base, but then accidentally touched down at Jabara Airport.
Why is this a problem? A successful takeoff for the Boeing Dreamlifter supposedly requires 9,199 feet of airstrip, but Jabara’s runway is only a measly 6,101 feet long. The airport doesn’t even possess a control tower and is not designed to handle jumbo jets.
To make matters worse, Boeing sent out a tug, but that vehicle also broke down. So, rather than taking the Boeing Dreamlifter by land to McConnell Air Force Base, they decided to turn the lumbering aircraft around and hope for the best. The jet apparently has just enough fuel to make it to McConnell.
The Boeing Dreamlifter take off was supposed to occur around noon local time, but so far the live video feed shows it sitting still on the tarmac. We do know the ungainly escape was delayed, but police are also clearing out the highways near the runway for “safety reasons.” People are still coming to the airport just to watch and it’s becoming quite a public spectacle.
As one passerby put it:
“Who makes a mistake like that? I understand mistakes. (This one) is so public.”
It’s possible all the delays are due to concerns over the Boeing Dreamlifter crashing. While there are apparently no tall buildings in the area, Boeing may decide it’s better to wait and find another tug to drag the 747 cargo plane to McConnell, rather than run the risk. But as of the writing of this article, the jet engines were just starting up, so it’s possible the take off will be any moment now.
[UPDATE] The live feed is down, but the Boeing Dreamlifter take off from Jabara airport was completely successful. The airport and the surrounding roads will be re-opened as soon as possible.