Preliminary NTSB reports sheds few details in Dreamlifter incident

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WICHITA, Kan. -- The National Transportation Safety Board has released a preliminary report concerning a large plane that landed at the wrong Wichita airport last month.

On November 20, a Boeing 747 LCF Dreamlifter was supposed to land at McConnell Air Force Base to deliver parts to Spirit Aerosystems. Instead, the jumbo jet mistakenly landed several miles north at Jabara Airport.

At the time, there were concerns about the plane's ability to depart because Jabara's runway is much smaller than this plane would typically need.

The following day, the plane successfully departed and landed at nearby McConnell.

Last week, the NTSB released a preliminary report on the incident, but released few details.

The report said the Dreamlifter, operated by Atlas Air Inc., departed John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City and mistakenly landed at Jabara. It also said that, "Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and an instrument flight rules flight plan was filed."

The report concluded by saying no one was injured and the plane was not damaged.

The full investigation on the incident is expected to take several months to complete.

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