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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Boeing says a 747 jumbo jet used to haul parts for construction of its new 787 Dreamliner jet landed at the wrong Kansas airport.

The plane maker says the Dreamlifter landed safely Wednesday evening at Col. James Jabara Airport, about eight miles from McConnell Air Force Base in Wichita where it was supposed to land.

Although Jabara airport has a small runway, Roger Xanders, chief of the Wichita Airport Authority’s police and fire department, told KMBC-TV that the plane will be able to take off about noon Thursday.

Boeing spokesman Marc Birtel says the Dreamlifter was bound for McConnell because it is adjacent to Spirit AeroSystems, a major supplier for the Dreamliner. He didn’t say why or how the plane landed at the wrong airport.


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