Kalitta 747 freighter crashes at Brussels
03 / 07 / 2012
KALITTA Air’s Boeing 747-200F (reg N704CK) was destroyed on 25 May after running off the end of the runway during take-off at Brussels airport and splitting in three pieces.
The aircraft was carrying 76 tonnes of mainly diplomatic cargo, bound for Bahrain. The crew reportedly heard one or two loud bangs during the take-off run and aborted the take-off, before overrunning onto the grass by some 400 m. It had four crew and one passenger aboard, but no serious injuries were reported.
The B747 freighter was built in 1980 and had previously operated for China Airlines, before being purchased by Kalitta in 2003.