Wichita Airport Authority concerned about Jabara runway

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The city of Wichita will hire a pavement specialist to evaluate the Jabara runway after a Boeing 747 Dreamlifter lands there.

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WICHITA, Kan. -- The Wichita Airport Authority which operates the city's two airports including Jabara will hire a pavement specialist to evaluate Jabara's runway.

That following the landing Wednesday night of a Boeing 747 Dreamlifter cargo plane at Jabara.

The two pilots were planning on landing at McConnell Air Force Base as they've done numerous times before. But instead they evidently mistook Jabara for McConnell, nine miles away, and landed at the much smaller airport.

John Oswald is the engineering and planning manager for the Wichita Airport Authority.

Oswald says no apparent visual damage was seen on the Jabara runway after the Dreamlifter departed.

However Oswald says, "No apparent or obvious damage to where a slab is cracked. We didn't see that. But pavement that's been stressed like two days ago, the pavement damage does not show up right away."

Oswald says, "Our plan is to bring in a pavement specialist within the next couple weeks to look at it and bring him back in the spring time after we've gone through the winter freeze-thaw cycles and do an evaluation."

He says Jabara's runway is designed for twin engine general aviation and business jets weighing up to 62,000 pounds. He says the Boeing 747 Dreamlifter that landed at Jabara weighed just under 600,000 pounds.

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