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Boeing accused of 'betraying' US city
World's largest aircraft maker closes its iconic plant in the south central city of Wichita and cuts 2,000 jobs.
Last Modified: 03 Feb 2012 02:49

Boeing, the world's largest aircraft maker is leaving the city it has helped make the air capital of the world.

After years of working with politicians in Kansas to secure government contracts, Boeing has announced that they will close their iconic plant in the south central city of Wichita next year.

The closing of the plant, which services the US President's plane, Air Force One, will mean the loss of 2,000 jobs in the state's largest city.

The jobs lost by the closing of the Boeing plant will represent a 10 per cent cut, as the city went from 42,000 to 29,000 aviation industry jobs over the decades.

Al Jazeera's John Hendren speaks to locals in Wichita about their sense of betrayal at the lost aviation jobs and the countless other related jobs that may go with the closing of the Boeing plant.

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