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Wichita runway to be tested for damage

Published on -11/27/2013, 7:28 AM

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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) -- An engineering firm is being brought in to determine if last week's wayward landing of giant Boeing cargo plane damaged the Wichita runway.

The Wichita Eagle reports (http://bit.ly/1a3QqO1 ) the city's Airport Authority is monitoring the condition of the runway at Jabara Airport after the Dreamlifter mistakenly landed at the airport last week. The Dreamlifter was supposed to land at McConnell Air Force Base.

The modified 747 weighs about 600,000 pounds, or about 10 times the weight that Jabara's runway is designed to handle.

Victor White, director of airports for the Wichita Airport Authority, says initial inspections show the aircraft did no damage to the runway, though some lights along the strip were broken.

The airport is bringing in a runway specialty firm to test the runway for pavement damage.

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