Boeing 747 Cargo Crashes During Take Off At Brussels


747 cargo crash, brussels

A Boeing 747 cargo plane crashed in Brussels after take off. The pilot said he had heard a loud noise before the plane crashed and was torn into two at the end of the runway.

The plane was heading to Bahrain today (25 May 2008). The flight crew survived the crash with light injuries and they were taken to hospital. Fortunately the plane did not catch fire when it hit the ground. The rescue team howeever covered the wings with fire proof foam, because it was still full of kerozene.

The plane was operated by the US based Kalitta Air.

The reason of the crash is still unknown.

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(photo: AP)

By Szafi
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3 Responses to “Boeing 747 Cargo Crashes During Take Off At Brussels”


  1. 1 balint01 May 27, 2008 at 9:44 am

    I was just wondering if the plane actually broke into two at the end of the runway, or the loud noise that the pilot heard while lifting up the nose was actually when it broke. If this second is the real one, then one would assume that the cargo plane was overloaded or the weight was not properly leveled out in the cargo hold. What do you think? Anybody having any news on the investigation?

  2. 2 Stryver May 30, 2008 at 6:38 am

    It didn’t crack at rotation. It wouldn’t be looking as good as it is if it cracked then, and then skidded to a stop in pieces.

    Not knowing what other emergency caused the abort, it would appear the plane cracked after it departed the runway.

  3. 3 Ben Soriano June 15, 2008 at 1:01 am

    Hi Balint and the rest of the team,
    Thank you for publishing this article. I saw the front part of the fuselage still standing on the threshold or RWY 02 at Brussels Airport, this was about ten days after it happened. I was away from home when it happened and I returned only one week after.
    If you look into my website
    http://bensoriano.blogspot.com/
    I mention in the Boeing 747 section about this incident. The link is posted on my homepage.
    Also, I wrote two pages about Brussels Airlines.
    Keep up the good work, your blog is great!

    Cheers,
    Ben Soriano
    Rotaract D2170
    Brussels Belgium


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