Cargo plane breaks up during Brussels take-off - no injuries
A Boeing 747 cargo plane of the US company Kalitta Air broke up on an attempted take-off from Brussels Airport Sunday, but the crew
of five were uninjured, the airport said.
The aircraft had trouble getting airborne, and finished up at the end of the runway where it broke into two sections, local media reports said.
The precise cause of the incident was not immediately clear. Airport spokesman Jan Van der Cruysse confirmed that the crew were unharmed.
Witness Juergen Mussche told local television: "It happened in a fraction of a second. The crew managed to get out using escape chutes."
Initial reports said the aircraft had been due to fly to Bahrain. Fire appliances went to the scene of the accidents, and there were delays in the airport's subsequent scheduling and rail connections, dpa reported.