Report: Atlas finds cause of Dreamlifter's landing at wrong airport

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WICHITA, Kan. — Atlas Air has conducted an internal investigation into a Dreamlifter's landing at the wrong Wichita airport late last year.

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 about nine miles north at Jabara Airport.

According to Aviation International News, they obtained an Atlas Air crew-training video detailing how the plane landed at the wrong location.

In the video obtained by AIN, an Atlas Air vice president explained that the first officer had been having intermittent trouble with his primary flight display, causing the pilots to question its reliability.

As the Boeing 747 Dreamlifter was on instrument approach to McConnell's Runway 19L at about 3,000 feet altitude, the flying pilot saw a brightly lit runway to his left.

The pilot disconnected autopilot and descended to what he thought was McConnell, but it was actually Jabara's Runway 18. The training video indicates that the co-pilot was uncertain about the runway's identity, but didn't speak up.

Atlas Air blames the incident on the pilot's late decision to abandon the instrument approach a visual approach, according to AIN's report.

The NTSB continues to investigate, but a final report won't be complete for several months.

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