Lufthansa Cargo Plane Crash-Lands in Riyadh After Fire Onboard

27.7.2010 (Bloomberg Business Week)

By Inal Ersan and Alex Webb

July 27 (Bloomberg) — A Deutsche Lufthansa AG freight aircraft was destroyed
after crash-landing in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, at 12:38 a.m. local time today, a
Lufthansa spokesman said.

The pilot of Flight LH8460 reported a fire in the cargo bay of the McDonnell
Douglas MD-11 as he approached King Khaled International Airport, Lufthansa said.
The plane had been due to continue to Sharjah, United Arab Emirates after leaving
Riyadh. It was carrying 80 metric tons of freight when it crashed. "The cause
of the incident is being investigated," the airline said.

One of the airport’s two runways remains closed, according to Nils Haupt, a spokesman
for Cologne, Germany-based Lufthansa.

The flight’s pilot and co-pilot have been taken to a hospital and the outlook
for both of them is "good," Haupt said.

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    Unfortunately the accident rate is higher for cargo aircraft than for passenger
    planes, as they are often older.

    More on air cargo plane accidents at http://www.airportwatch.org.uk/?p=3259