I'm no pilot, but they said they landed on runway 19. They ACTUALLY landed on runway 18. There are no numbers on the AF runway. What exactly were they smoking? Do you need to pass an eye exam to fly?
When you overshoot an exit ramp, you get back on the freeway in the opposite direction and get back on course. Not exactly the same concept applies when you're flying one of the world's largest cargo planes and land at a small industrial airport with spaghetti-sized runways.
A pilot flying a Boeing 747 Dreamlifter would normally carry 400 passengers, but in this case was carrying parts for the equally large Boeing 787. It was supposed to land at McConnell Airport in Wichita, KS, but ended up landing at Jabrara Airport, a tiny commercial dock that doesn't even have a control tower.
The conversation between the pilot and other traffic controllers is priceless. There's no profanity but you can hear the "oh shit" in everyone's tone.
Pilot: "Uhhh, yes sir, we just landed at the other airport..."
Traffic control: "Are you able to make an approach to make a departure from that airport?"
Pilot: "We're working on those details now."
Those details are tricky, because as KWCH in Wichita notes, the 747 needs a 9,199-ft. runway to take off. The runway at Jabrara is only 6,101 feet.
Adding to this massive clusterfuck: Boeing sent a tug to help turn the 747 around, but the tug ended up breaking down, so Boeing sent another one.
This situation is still ongoing and this plane is still stranded. We'll let you know what happens next.