View Full Version : MK AIRLINES B747 bashed in hailstorm

9th Jul 2003, 20:55
Do MK operate battered freighters?

Well, Air Cargo News magazine shows an MK Airlines B747-200F "classic" with nosecone blasted off by hailstones in severe weather.

This is very similar in nature to the damage of the BMi Airbus last month enroute MAN.

Allegedly aircraft was descending thru FL150 enroute short sector AMS-LUX when it hit a nasty cloud bank. Hailstones the size of golf balls were reported by crew members.

Windshield reported to be grazed in addition to the nose cone damage.

Aircraft currently being/been repaired in LUX.

This in turn highlights some of the posts to my earlier thread of severe weather and squall around LHR a few weeks ago.

9th Jul 2003, 21:44
Jun 14th. Nose cone completely stove in, windshield cracked on both sides. Flew through a hailstorm as you mentioned. Dunno what that has to do with the headline though. Spent a few days in CLX hangar for a patch job. Believe repair being done at HHN.

10th Jul 2003, 02:04
luckily nobody injured.and look at the dc10 landing in CWB. what prompts (low cost?) operators!!! to take potentially these risks. and neither incident was a sudden event. the weather at lux was evident for at least 3 hours prior to the landing and in brazil it was clearly forcasted as a potential squall line

i for one would not want to blame the dispatchers or the crews in this instant is their a pier pressure culture at work

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