Dreamlifter that landed at wrong Kansas airport to depart today

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A Boeing 747 Dreamlifter freighter that landed at the wrong airport in Kansas will depart later today.

The aircraft was bound for McConnell Air Force Base in Wichita yesterday after departing New York John F. Kennedy International airport, flight tracking website FlightAware shows.

Boeing says the freighter "landed inadvertently but safely" at Colonel James Jabara airport instead. The aircraft was not damaged, Boeing adds. Jabara airport has a single runway that is 1,860m (6,102ft) long. McConnell AFB has two runways, each 3,658m long.

"The airplane can take off from that runway [at Jabara] and is in a position to depart later today," says the airframer. The freighter will land at McConnell AFB and unload as was originally planned. The base is near Boeing's supplier Spirit AeroSystems.

Atlas Air was contracted by Boeing to operate the aircraft and it is not known why the pilots landed at Jabara instead. Boeing says it is working with the airline to "determine the circumstances".