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Crash Kalitta Air

Discussion in 'Transportation' started by jamesjoyce, May 26, 2008.

  1. jamesjoyce


    May 2, 2005

    I'm living in the neighborhood of the Brussels Airport.
    Yesterday, an American freight plane from Kalitta Air tried to take off but something went wrong (possibly pilot mistake but investigation is still going on).
    It went of the runway and stopped about 50 meters from a house. We all were very lucky that nothing serious happened. Crew just had some minor injuries and the fuel didn't explode...

    UPDATE: American security officers stayed all night at the plane. Apparently, part of the cargo was diplomatic mail. The officers, probably from the Diplomatic Security Service are guarding the plain and are waiting till they can fetch the mail. The plane was flying for the American government and heading for Bahrein. If I'm correct, Bahrein is the "home harbor" (what's the correct word?) of the 5th fleet.

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  2. nice PJ work, Rudy
    that 747 split right in half
    i hope they quickly find out how this happened
    glad no one was seriously injured

    the fact that it was a freight plane with a very small crew (and no passengers, of course) made all the difference

    thanks for the thread and pictures
  3. Rudy

    Like Greg said. Nice work. Luckily it didn't catch fire but it's going to be a huge job to get the wreckage moved. I wonder if that plane will be salvaged and put back into service.


  4. LDB415


    Apr 26, 2008
    I believe you may be thinking of home port. Those are good photos. That's an amazing amount of damage. I certainly don't want to fly in that but who knows what they'll do.
  5. Zee71


    Apr 1, 2007
    Queens, NY
    Nice captures..........thank goodness there was no fire, or passengers as well. It could have been worse.
  6. Nice shots of a bad situation. It was on local TV here as the home base of the plane is Willow Run which is about 20 miles from my home. Kalitta air is a large freight air line which buys used aircraft after they are retired from passanger service. The owner is the famous drag racer Connie Kalitta.
  7. jamesjoyce


    May 2, 2005
    Thanks for the additional info, Jim!
  8. Wow thats pretty crazy. Great captures. Glad no one was seriously injured...
  9. Gary Mayo

    Gary Mayo Guest

    I bet money it will be repaired good as new. Bad as it looks, it is still pretty much in one piece.

    Great Captures!
  10. Baywing


    Feb 22, 2005
    CT USA
    Given that it probably has a very high total hours on airframe and that the fuse is broken in two places, I'd wager it won't be rebuilt. The extra damage done to it to remove it from it's present location should seal the deal. Damage looks structural as the nose and tail both appear to have seperated from the main fuse.
  11. Ewout_vB


    Feb 6, 2008
    Atlanta, GA
    Almost looks like an optical illusion, hehe.

  12. Now I remember where I seen that logo before.:biggrin:
  13. Ahhh....... That'll buff out.:biggrin:

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