FedEx Plane Explodes on Landing in Tokyo
unusually high winds at Tokyo’s main international airport Monday, killing the
pilot and copilot and closing a major runway for several hours.
before skidding to a fiery halt, footage from airport security cameras showed.
Firefighters and rescuers immediately swarmed the plane.
the cockpit and taken to a local hospital, where they were later confirmed dead.
the pilot as Kevin Kyle Mosley and the co-pilot as Anthony Stephen Pino. He declined
to give his name, citing department policy.
to online records at the Federal Aviation Administration.
it opened in 1978.
Lauer said in an e-mail from the company’s Memphis office. Police could confirm
only that the two crew members had died.
Monday morning with all incoming flights diverted, said airport spokeswoman Misuho
airport, said 16 international flights were canceled, and that the airport was
operating with only one runway several hours after the crash.
aircraft was carrying a flammable liquid onboard, but had no other details.
were blowing through Narita City on Monday morning around the time of the crash,
according to the Japan Meteorological Agency. Airport officials said it was too
early to say whether the strong winds caused the crash.
McDonnell Douglas and based on the DC-10.
Last month, a flight from the Philippines was jolted by severe turbulence as it
circled prior to landing, injuring 50 passengers and crew members.
east of central Tokyo. It is Japan’s second-busiest airport, after Haneda Airport,
a largely domestic hub in Tokyo.