Sunday, May 25, 2008
Cargo Plane crashes at Brussels Airport
A freight aircraft belonging to the US carrier Kalitta Air crashed on take-off at Brussels Airport today. The plane split in two.
Four of the five crew members on board the Boeing 747 were slightly injured, said Francis Vermeiren, mayor of the nearby town of Zaventem. The mayor was coordinating rescue efforts after the crash.
"The plane is not on fire but it has split into two," he told VRT radio.
Firefighters were coating the wings of the plane with special fire retardant foam as a precaution because the plane was still full of jet fuel, the mayor said.
He said the plane was on a scheduled flight to Bahrain. It was not known what cargo the plane was carrying.