Lufthansa Cargo MD-11 crashes in Riyadh

A LUFTHANSA Cargo MD-11 freighter crashed this morning at 11.38 am (local time) in Riyadh (Saudi Arabia).

The freighter – Flight LH 8460 – was on a flight from Frankfurt to Hong Kong with stopovers in Riyadh and Sharjah. The two-man crew survived the crash and are currently being treated in hospital.

The freighter – which had been carrying 80 tonnes of freight – is reported to have split in two and caught on fire, the fire having now been extinguished

The cause of the accident is still being investigated. A team of experts from Lufthansa Cargo is on its way to Riyadh.

The carrier said that no further information was available but that updates would be posted when available.

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