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Cargo plane breaks in two at Brussels airport
Reuters: Africa ^ | Sun 25 May 2008, 15:09 GMT | Jan Strupczewski

Posted on 05/25/2008 9:24:02 AM PDT by Paleo Conservative

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - An American Kalitta Air cargo plane slid off the runway at Brussels's Zaventem airport on Sunday and broke in two but there were no casualties, the fire brigade spokesman said.

The Boeing aircraft's five crew all escaped through an inflatable emergency slide, spokesman Francis Boileau said. Four of them had minor injuries.

Boileau did not know if the accident happened during take off or landing, but said that apart from its cargo of cars and equipment, the jet was full of fuel.

He said the plane came to a halt some 200 metres (650 feet) from the runway and only 10 metres (30 feet) from a railway line.

"There was a danger of an explosion just after the accident because it was full of kerosene, about 100 tonnes of it, and there was a big leakage when it broke," Boileau said.

The fire brigade had secured the leakage within 30 minutes, he said.

"We see from the large tracks on the runway that the pilot tried to stop the aircraft, because he understood he could not bring it up into the air, and he drove it off the runway," Boileau said.

The Kalitta Air company's website says it is a Michigan Limited Liability Company owned by Conrad Kalitta. It started in November 2000 with three Boeing 747 aircraft and the fleet has grown to a present total of 18 B 747 freighters.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 747; aerospace; boeing
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Fortunately there are no reports of injuries. It's a good thing this was a cargo aircraft.

1 posted on 05/25/2008 9:24:03 AM PDT by Paleo Conservative
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2 posted on 05/25/2008 9:25:40 AM PDT by Paleo Conservative (1984 was supposed to be a warning not an instruction manual!)
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To: Paleo Conservative

That’s a “just damn” moment if I ever saw one. Glad that all were OK...


3 posted on 05/25/2008 9:32:53 AM PDT by rockrr (Global warming is to science what Islam is to religion)
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To: Paleo Conservative
There was a danger of an explosion just after the accident because it was full of kerosene, about 100 tonnes of it, and there was a big leakage when it broke

Sounds to me like this was likely during takeoff

4 posted on 05/25/2008 9:33:05 AM PDT by LayoutGuru2 (Know the difference between honoring diversity and honoring perversity? No? You must be a liberal!)
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To: Paleo Conservative

uh oh...looks like one of their dragsters.


5 posted on 05/25/2008 9:34:07 AM PDT by BurbankKarl
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To: Paleo Conservative

It seems rather odd that the reporter didn’t check further to see if it was taking off or landing before going with this story. Surely the control tower would know. At least, I hope so.


6 posted on 05/25/2008 9:35:24 AM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Paleo Conservative

That should buff right out.


7 posted on 05/25/2008 9:36:18 AM PDT by Rebelbase (McCain: The Third Bush Term ?)
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To: Paleo Conservative; tubebender

Here it is.


8 posted on 05/25/2008 9:36:40 AM PDT by SouthTexas (If you are not living on the edge, you are taking up too much space!)
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To: LayoutGuru2

IIRC, Fox News said it was taking off. It will be interesting to see if the FAA (or their European counterpart) orders immediate inspections of 747 cargo planes.


9 posted on 05/25/2008 9:37:19 AM PDT by relee (hey BO - I don't want change, I want dollars! Don't tax me BO.)
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To: Paleo Conservative

Dam center fuel tank


10 posted on 05/25/2008 9:41:46 AM PDT by al baby (Hi mom)
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To: Cicero
It seems rather odd that the reporter didn’t check further to see if it was taking off or landing before going with this story. Surely the control tower would know. At least, I hope so.

Other reports say it was an aborted takeoff. I was limited by copyright restrictions on other sources for this story. Other reports stated there were no injuries. This report states there were only minor injuries.

http://www.airliners.net/aviation-forums/general_aviation/read.main/3997261/

http://www.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/europe/05/25/belgium.aircrash.ap/index.html

http://www.luchtzak.be/forums/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=46317

http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601103&sid=aedKffyZCMro&refer=us

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/belgium/2026767/Aeroplane-splits-in-half-on-take-off.html


11 posted on 05/25/2008 9:41:50 AM PDT by Paleo Conservative (1984 was supposed to be a warning not an instruction manual!)
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To: Paleo Conservative

12 posted on 05/25/2008 9:42:50 AM PDT by Oztrich Boy (Holy State or Holy King - Or Holy People's Will - Have no truck with the senseless thing)
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To: Paleo Conservative

Is the Owner Connie Kallita of Drag Racing Fame?
Saw one like this in Hong Kong Harbor, quite Impressive:-(


13 posted on 05/25/2008 9:44:27 AM PDT by True Republican Patriot (God Bless America and The Republicans)
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To: Paleo Conservative

I hate it when that happens.


14 posted on 05/25/2008 9:44:57 AM PDT by rsobin
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To: Paleo Conservative

Must have been a tired airframe....


15 posted on 05/25/2008 9:46:24 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach (No Burkas for my Grandaughters!)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
Must have been a tired airframe....

It would have been 28 in July. That's not extremely old for a 747F.

16 posted on 05/25/2008 9:47:53 AM PDT by Paleo Conservative (1984 was supposed to be a warning not an instruction manual!)
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To: Paleo Conservative
Moron alert:

Airplanes are not "full of fuel" on landing!

Every gallon of fuel not used on the flight is 7 lbs. of cargo they could have made money carrying. Also, the extra gross weight is hard on airframe and brakes when landing.

17 posted on 05/25/2008 9:47:55 AM PDT by ZOOKER ( Exploring the fine line between cynicism and outright depression)
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To: ZOOKER
Airplanes are not "full of fuel" on landing!

But this plane was taking off and aborted!

18 posted on 05/25/2008 9:49:03 AM PDT by Paleo Conservative (1984 was supposed to be a warning not an instruction manual!)
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To: Paleo Conservative

Thanks. Yes, I figured it was probably taking off, since it was full of fuel. It was more of a comment on the typical shoddy reporting than anything else.


19 posted on 05/25/2008 9:50:37 AM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Paleo Conservative
Looks like we have new members of the Freakin Flyer Club!!

Freakin Flyer

20 posted on 05/25/2008 9:55:21 AM PDT by missnry (The truth will set you free ... and drive liberals Crazy!)
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To: Paleo Conservative

Sorry for the confusion. I called a moron alert on the reporter, who should have known with a full fuel load, it’s obvious the plane was taking off and not landing.


21 posted on 05/25/2008 9:56:24 AM PDT by ZOOKER ( Exploring the fine line between cynicism and outright depression)
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To: Paleo Conservative

I have known Connie Kalitta for over 40 years.
He has been flying cargo for all of those years and more.
If this “company” has only been formed since 2000, then it is a current incarnation of the original company.
He has been flying cargo and hunters and fishermen for years.
He runs drag racing cars, and was the owner who gave Shirley “Cha Cha” Muldowney her ride in Top Fuel that vaulted her to national prominence.

Connie is a VERY careful pilot, and his company has a very good record for the number of years he has been flying.

Rent the movie “Heart Like A Wheel” for the Hollywood version of Shirley’s racing story.
When Shirley crashed very badly in Canada, Connie flew her to Indianapolis so she could be under the care of Dr Terry Trammel, who glues Indy 500 drivers back together. If you every have a serious accident involving many bones, that is the Doc you want patching you up.


22 posted on 05/25/2008 9:57:05 AM PDT by ridesthemiles
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To: Cicero
Thanks. Yes, I figured it was probably taking off, since it was full of fuel. It was more of a comment on the typical shoddy reporting than anything else.

I couldn't find a better source that was legal to post at the time I posted. The one I did post was only up 5 minutes before I saw it.

Here's what the Telegraph wrote. It is much better written. Most of the questions on this tread are answered in the first sentence.

Aeroplane splits in half on take-off

By Tom Chivers and agencies
Last updated: 4:41 PM BST 25/05/2008

An aeroplane has crashed on take-off from Belgium and spectacularly split in two.

Four of the cargo plane’s crew were slightly hurt and taken to hospital, according to a spokesman for Brussels Airport.

The large Boeing 747 had attempted to take off for a flight to Bahrain but suffered an unknown problem and crashed at the end of the runway, near railway tracks and some houses.

On impact it split cleanly in two around ten yards behind the cockpit.

"The plane is very seriously damaged," spokesman Jan Van der Cruysse said, with some understatement.

Mercifully the plane did not catch fire, although firefighters coated the wings with a special fire-retardant foam as a precaution, as its fuel tanks were still filled with highly flammable jet fuel.

Rail services to and from the airport have been suspended, but other flights to and from Brussels have not been affected.

Rescue and recovery efforts at the airport are being coordinated by Francis Vermeiren, mayor of the nearby town of Zaventem.

"The plane is not on fire but it has split into two," he told VRT radio.

He said the plane was on a scheduled flight to Bahrain. It was not known what cargo the plane was carrying.

Vermeiren said the pilot told rescue authorities he heard a large noise while trying to take off just after midday. It was not yet clear what caused the crash.

The plane is owned by Kalitta Air, a cargo carrier based at Willow Run Airport near Ypsilanti, Michigan, and makes regular flights from Brussels, officials said.

A person who answered the telephone at Kalitta Air said Sunday morning that no one was immediately available to comment.


23 posted on 05/25/2008 9:57:18 AM PDT by Paleo Conservative (1984 was supposed to be a warning not an instruction manual!)
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To: Paleo Conservative
I thought that Belgium has laws against anything interesting happening.
24 posted on 05/25/2008 9:57:49 AM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult (The man who said "there's no such thing as a stupid question" has never talked to Helen Thomas.)
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To: Hillarys Gate Cult
I thought that Belgium has laws against anything interesting happening.

But its a pleasant place to drink a beer at a sidewalk cafe.

25 posted on 05/25/2008 9:59:39 AM PDT by Paleo Conservative (1984 was supposed to be a warning not an instruction manual!)
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To: Paleo Conservative

My guess: Improperly loaded aircraft.


26 posted on 05/25/2008 9:59:51 AM PDT by CodeToad
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To: Paleo Conservative
Somewhere there are a bunch of scared Maintainers....This should of never happened...


27 posted on 05/25/2008 10:03:32 AM PDT by darkwing104 (Lets get dangerous)
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To: Oztrich Boy
Whoa. Cool your jets there Sparky. That's no job for a novice. Let Red show ya how a professional does it.

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28 posted on 05/25/2008 10:04:47 AM PDT by cripplecreek (I miss the days when only the politicians were unethical.)
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To: Paleo Conservative
"it was full of kerosene, about 100 tonnes of it, and there was a big leakage when it broke," Boileau said.

That has me thinking that it happened during takeoff roll, just a hunch.

29 posted on 05/25/2008 10:07:11 AM PDT by Excuse_My_Bellicosity (Liberals: can't live with them, can't ship them to Syria.)
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To: cripplecreek
funny picture but we saw first hand what duct tape can do. An Aero Mexico plane had duct tape over the nose of the plane. On our return trip we saw where the nose of the plane had a fresh paint job but you could still see the outlines of the duct tape under it. True story.
30 posted on 05/25/2008 10:09:03 AM PDT by Ditter
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To: Paleo Conservative
Vermeiren said the pilot told rescue authoritieshe heard a large noise while trying to take off just after midday. It was not yet clear what caused the crash.

What might have caused a large noise?

31 posted on 05/25/2008 10:09:48 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach (No Burkas for my Grandaughters!)
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To: Paleo Conservative

“it was full of kerosene, about 100 tonnes of it”

Kerosene...as in jet fuel?

Is it common for a jet to carry such a payload?

It would make one hell of a suicide missile.


32 posted on 05/25/2008 10:11:37 AM PDT by wolfcreek (I see miles and miles of Texas....let's keep it that way.)
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To: Paleo Conservative

Duct tape and some Bond-O should fix that ....looks like it broke right over the wing box ...wonder what the weight/balance chart looks like for that flight ....


33 posted on 05/25/2008 10:11:37 AM PDT by SkyDancer ("I Believe In The Law Until It Interferes With Justice")
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To: darkwing104

Sounds like they’ll need to get another 747-400BCF on order.


34 posted on 05/25/2008 10:12:34 AM PDT by Paleo Conservative (1984 was supposed to be a warning not an instruction manual!)
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To: Paleo Conservative

dangboyhey!


35 posted on 05/25/2008 10:13:42 AM PDT by bannie (clintons CHEAT! It's their only weapon.; & Barry/Barack has two faces.)
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To: Ditter

I don’t doubt it a bit. Duct tape is the pinnacle of human achievement. WD40 comes in second.


36 posted on 05/25/2008 10:14:37 AM PDT by cripplecreek (I miss the days when only the politicians were unethical.)
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To: Hillarys Gate Cult
We had to emergency land in Belgium back in 1977...in a Chinook. They were wonderful! Gathered up all of the fellers and plyed 'em with great beer for many hours--until another bird was sent for us. Lotsa barfin' drunks on that ride home!
37 posted on 05/25/2008 10:16:52 AM PDT by bannie (clintons CHEAT! It's their only weapon.; & Barry/Barack has two faces.)
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To: BurbankKarl

wonder of connie, or doug, was driving?


38 posted on 05/25/2008 10:18:21 AM PDT by devane617
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To: wolfcreek
“it was full of kerosene, about 100 tonnes of it”

Kerosene...as in jet fuel?

Is it common for a jet to carry such a payload?

The fuel tanks weren't full. Freighters usually sacrifice range so they can carry more payload. Passenger planes sacrifice payload in order to carry more fuel to get more range.

39 posted on 05/25/2008 10:18:36 AM PDT by Paleo Conservative (1984 was supposed to be a warning not an instruction manual!)
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To: cripplecreek
Back in the '80's, the Army determined that WD-40 was a corrosive.

That was a sad day.

40 posted on 05/25/2008 10:19:24 AM PDT by bannie (clintons CHEAT! It's their only weapon.; & Barry/Barack has two faces.)
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To: Rebelbase
"That should buff right out. "

Right after you apply the duct tape and a little Gorilla glue.....

41 posted on 05/25/2008 10:22:45 AM PDT by nevergore ("It could be that the purpose of my life is simply to serve as a warning to others.")
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To: Paleo Conservative
So it wasn't carrying kerosene (jet fuel) as a cargo? Damn confusing if you ask me!
42 posted on 05/25/2008 10:23:57 AM PDT by wolfcreek (I see miles and miles of Texas....let's keep it that way.)
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To: ZOOKER

“..who should have known with a full fuel load, it’s obvious the plane was taking off and not landing.”

What difference does it make to an MSM reporter whether the plane takes off or lands as long as he is the first one to report the story.


43 posted on 05/25/2008 10:26:00 AM PDT by 353FMG (What marxism and fascism could not destroy, liberalism did.)
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To: wolfcreek

No, it was carrying jet fuel in the fuel tanks and cargo in the belly cargo holds and main deck.


44 posted on 05/25/2008 10:27:14 AM PDT by Paleo Conservative (1984 was supposed to be a warning not an instruction manual!)
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To: wolfcreek

“Kerosene...as in jet fuel?

Is it common for a jet to carry such a payload?”

Yes. Otherwise it would be called a “glider”.


45 posted on 05/25/2008 10:32:01 AM PDT by Nik Naym (If Republicans are your problem, Democrats aren't the answer!)
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To: Paleo Conservative

God must have a plan for that crew.


46 posted on 05/25/2008 10:39:00 AM PDT by wardaddy (I want a woman POTUS like Elizabeth I in that last movie.....that is a she I could vote for. Balls)
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To: Paleo Conservative

A “Did we pay our insurance premium this month” moment.


47 posted on 05/25/2008 10:47:34 AM PDT by RGSpincich
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To: Ditter
And still you boarded that plane??? Ten out of ten for bravery.

LOL!

48 posted on 05/25/2008 10:49:42 AM PDT by Churchillspirit
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To: Churchillspirit
Yes we boarded with our 3 kids in tow. Amazing isn't it? I guess we thought we were invincible and bullet proof. I wonder what else was repaired that way?
49 posted on 05/25/2008 10:56:04 AM PDT by Ditter
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To: Paleo Conservative; All
....On impact it split cleanly in two around ten yards behind the cockpit.....


Interesting units the English paper uses to describe dimensions on aircraft....:^)

One lucky crew...

50 posted on 05/25/2008 10:58:45 AM PDT by az_gila (AZ - need less democrats)
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