Second Kalitta Air 747 Freighter Crashes
Bogota, Monday, July 7, 2008.
on route to Miami. The eight crew members survived but two people who lived on
the ranch where the plane crashed were killed.
director said one was in serious condition. It was the second time in six weeks
that a Boeing 747 flown by Ypsilanti, Michigan-based Kalitta Air has crashed.
into the cause of the crash, the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board said.
had caught fire and radio contact was lost seconds later, said Donald Tascon,
deputy director of Colombia’s civil aviation agency.
and crashed onto a ranch about 15 miles (25 kilometers) northwest of Bogota, said
aviation officials and Diego Humberto Sicard, mayor of Madrid, the small village
50, and his 13-year-old son Edwin, according to the mayor and aviation official
exports â€” and was scheduled to land in Miami, Kalitta Air Vice President Pete
he told The Associated Press.
to the Central Police Hospital in Bogota. One, identified as Joseph Kendall, had
his spleen removed and was recuperating, hospital director Col. Nader Lujan told
Sanderlin said. A woman who answered the phone at Centurion’s office in Miami
referred questions to Kalitta.
will join other Americans from the Federal Aviation Administration, aircraft-maker
Boeing Co. and engine-maker Pratt & Whitney in assisting the Colombian probe,
NTSB spokesman Keith Holloway said from Washington. Pratt & Whitney is a unit
of United Technologies Corp.
on May 25 as pilots tried to abort a takeoff, U.S. and Belgian authorities have
said. All five crew members survived that incident, too, although four were slightly
The crash also marked the second time two days that a cargo line based at Willow
Run Airport near Ypsilanti has crashed in Latin America.
the airport in Ramos Arizpe, Mexico. The pilot of the plane, 46-year-old Lon McIntosh
of Middletown, Ohio, died, according to his family and Mexican officials.
contributed to this report.
split in two while trying to take off Sunday at Brussels airport, authorities
were hospitalized, said Jan Van der Cruysse, spokesman at Brussels Airport.
it crashed at the end of runway 22, which lies very close to a rail line and houses.
however the crash did not affect other flights at the airport, Van der Cruysse
catch on fire when it crashed after attempting to take off. Vermeiren was coordinating
rescue efforts at the airport.
a precaution because the plane was still full of jet fuel, the mayor said.
cargo the plane was carrying.
trying to take off just after midday. It was not yet clear what caused the crash.
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.