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    BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) -- A large cargo plane crashed at the end of a runway and split in two while trying to take off Sunday at Brussels airport, authorities said.

    Four of the five crew members on board the Boeing 747 were slightly injured and were hospitalized, said Jan Van der Cruysse, spokesman at Brussels Airport.

    "The plane is very seriously damaged," he said. The aircraft cracked in two after it crashed at the end of runway 220, which lies very close to a rail line and houses.

    Rail services to and from the airport were suspended as a safety precaution, however the crash did not affect other flights at the airport, Van der Cruysse said.

    Francis Vermeiren, mayor of the nearby town of Zaventem, said the plane did not catch on fire when it crashed after attempting to take off. Vermeiren was coordinating rescue efforts at the airport.

    "The plane is not on fire but it has split into two," he told VRT radio.

    Firefighters coated 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.

    Vermeiren said the pilot told rescue authorities he heard a large noise while trying to take off just after midday. It was not yet clear what caused the crash.

    The plane is owned by Kalitta Air, a cargo carrier based at Willow Run Airport near Ypsilanti, Michigan, and makes regular flights from Brussels, officials said. A person who answered the telephone at Kalitta Air said Sunday morning that no one was immediately available to comment.
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    the damage doesnt look that bad, my guess is it will rub out with a bit of t-cut, a bit of duck tape and she'll be as good as new!


    seriously though, its amazing no-one was hurt. if it was in the air and flying over a populated area things could have been much worse, and i dread to think if it was carrying passengers.
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    For those who think that the name of the company sounds familiar, it was started by none other than the drag racer Conrad "Connie" Kalitta. He no longer has anything to do with this company.
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    I hope that's not another Oceanic Flight.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tommywho5150 View Post
    the damage doesnt look that bad, my guess is it will rub out with a bit of t-cut, a bit of duck tape and she'll be as good as new!
    I was thinking exactly the same thing. It's just a scratch.
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    ummmm...this could not have happened in the air. It split up as it came to a stop off the end of the runway after aborting a takeoff, the artical title is missleading. If it had broken up on the runway while it was accelerating this would have been a lot worse. The ground around airports is not always smooth, hitting a rut at even at a pretty slow speed will fuck up an aircraft. They are designed to take loads from the wings and from anything inside, not to go over walls and shit.


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    Quote Originally Posted by jimmy812 View Post
    I hope that's not another Oceanic Flight.
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    Quote Originally Posted by VanHalenRules View Post
    For those who think that the name of the company sounds familiar, it was started by none other than the drag racer Conrad "Connie" Kalitta. He no longer has anything to do with this company.
    I thought so, but didn't know that Connie had sold his interest or whatever in his company. I wondered what the cargo was, and if it was overloaded for the plane? Bad plane or faulty crew who loaded?

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    Quote Originally Posted by i1sum2! View Post
    I thought so, but didn't know that Connie had sold his interest or whatever in his company. I wondered what the cargo was, and if it was overloaded for the plane? Bad plane or faulty crew who loaded?
    It is my understanding that he got out sometime in the late 90s to start an aircraft leasing company under his own name.
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    Quote Originally Posted by VanHalenRules View Post
    It is my understanding that he got out sometime in the late 90s to start an aircraft leasing company under his own name.
    Thanxs for that info VHRules. I follow drag racing big time so that was just an extra bone you threw me.


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    I'm speculating that since this was an older aircraft and a cargo jet at that, then maybe the loading of cargo on this particular aircraft wasn't balanced correctly, hence a weight shift on takeoff. I've heard of this situation before.

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    Quote Originally Posted by graeme View Post
    I was thinking exactly the same thing. It's just a scratch.
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