Skip to comments.Cargo plane breaks in two at Brussels airport
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.
Fortunately there are no reports of injuries. It's a good thing this was a cargo aircraft.
That’s a “just damn” moment if I ever saw one. Glad that all were OK...
Sounds to me like this was likely during takeoff
uh oh...looks like one of their dragsters.
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.
That should buff right out.
Here it is.
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.
Dam center fuel tank
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.
Is the Owner Connie Kallita of Drag Racing Fame?
Saw one like this in Hong Kong Harbor, quite Impressive:-(
I hate it when that happens.
Must have been a tired airframe....
It would have been 28 in July. That's not extremely old for a 747F.
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.
But this plane was taking off and aborted!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
But its a pleasant place to drink a beer at a sidewalk cafe.
My guess: Improperly loaded aircraft.
That has me thinking that it happened during takeoff roll, just a hunch.
What might have caused a large noise?
“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.
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 ....
Sounds like they’ll need to get another 747-400BCF on order.
I don’t doubt it a bit. Duct tape is the pinnacle of human achievement. WD40 comes in second.
wonder of connie, or doug, was driving?
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.
That was a sad day.
Right after you apply the duct tape and a little Gorilla glue.....
“..who should have known with a full fuel load, its 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.
No, it was carrying jet fuel in the fuel tanks and cargo in the belly cargo holds and main deck.
“Kerosene...as in jet fuel?
Is it common for a jet to carry such a payload?”
Yes. Otherwise it would be called a “glider”.
God must have a plan for that crew.
A “Did we pay our insurance premium this month” moment.
Interesting units the English paper uses to describe dimensions on aircraft....:^)
One lucky crew...
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