Two crew members were reported dead after a FedEx cargo aircraft crashed in gusty conditions and burst into flames at Japan's Narita International Airport east of Tokyo.
AFP - A FedEx cargo aircraft crash-landed in strong winds Monday morning at Japan's Narita International Airport east of Tokyo and burst into a ball of flames, police and news reports said.
"A cargo plane crash-landed at the airport, but we have not had any information of casualties," a local police official said after the accident about 6:50 am (2150 GMT Sunday).
The McDonnell Douglas MD-11 was FedEx Flight 80 from Guangzhou, China and was manned by a pilot and co-pilot, Kyodo News reported.
Public broadcaster NHK reported that one of the pilots was taken from the plane and sent to hospital, but his condition was not known.
Television footage showed the three-engine widebody airplane tip sideways shortly after touch-down amid strong winds and then, as one of its wings clipped the ground at high speed, burst into a ball of flames.
Fire engines and scores of fire-fighters in flame retardant silver suits rushed to the crash site near the runway and doused the fire with foam as the gutted aircraft lay upside down billowing black smoke.
The four-kilometre (2.5-mile) airstrip, one of the airport's two runways, was closed to air traffic, airport officials said.
The two pilots were believed to be US citizens, NHK said.
Date created : 2009-03-23