Monday, April 13, 2009

Fedex MD-11 Flight 80 (N526FE) Cargo Plane Crash In Tokyo Narita Int. Airport-Real Time



3/22/2009 Latest: 2 Fedex crew members dead on jet crash. On phone with Retired AA Pilot, John Ehrlich & Captain Chuck Nash reviewing possible causes/technicalities on landing, bouncing, bursting into flames and crash amid heavy winds! HQ: http://itskylineblog.blogspot.com/200... Plane was an MD-11 and on a regular flight from China. Flight 80. On March 23, 2009, FedEx Express Flight 80, a FedEx Express McDonnell Douglas MD-11 cargo jet on a flight from Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport, People's Republic of China, crash-landed at Narita International Airport in Narita, Chiba Prefecture, Japan at 6:48 a.m.The plane was landing during high winds, with gusts estimated at 40 to 50 mph. Upon hitting the ground the aircraft bounced twice on the airport's Runway A (34L). It finally flipped over and burst into flames. Firefighters were immediately dispatched to the blazing cargo plane, and the airport was closed. The fire destroyed the majority of the aircraft. The runway was closed for several hours, and as a result several international flights were cancelled, while many inbound arrivals were diverted to other airports.[2][3]

The two flight crew members, pilot Kevin Mosley, and his copilot, Anthony Stephen-Pino were both taken to a local hospital where they were pronounced dead. They were the only fatalities in the accident. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has said it is sending a team to Japan to assist with the investigation.[The crash was FedEx's first fatal accident involving a jet aircraft, as well as the first fatal accident at Narita Airport. he 4,000-meter Runway A (16R/34L) was closed for many hours, leaving the 2,180-meter Runway B (16L/34R) as the only operable runway at the airport. As a result many flights operated by larger aircraft had to be canceled or diverted to other airports.[2][3]

There were two fatalities in the accident: the two flight crew members, 54-year old Captain Kevin Mosley of Hillsboro, Oregon, U.S., and 49-year old First Officer Anthony Stephen Pino of San Antonio, Texas, U.S.,[4] were both taken to Narita Red Cross Hospital where they were pronounced dead. They were the only people on board. Japan's Aircraft and Railway Accidents Investigation Commission is currently investigating the incident. The United States' National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has said it is sending a team to Japan to assist with the investigation.[3][5][6] The crash was FedEx's first fatal accident involving a jet aircraft, as well as the first fatal accident at Narita Airport.[3][7] Built in January, 1993, the aircraft was formerly operated in passenger service by Delta Air Lines as N813DE.[8] After several years in storage at Litchfield Municipal Airport in Phoenix, Arizona,[9] it was acquired and converted to a freighter by FedEx in 2006.

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