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MK Airlines B747 crash at Halifax

Old 14th Oct 2004, 08:49
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B747 Plane crash at Halifax NS - YHZ

From the Cbc website

http://www.cbc.ca/story/canada/natio...fax041014.html
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always sad to see this kind of news.. commiserations to the families and the staff of airline concerned

i am sure my colleagues in the freight industry who know airline
which it most probably unfortunately is send our sympathy
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MK Airlines. 9G-MKJ. Sounds bad.
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Old 14th Oct 2004, 10:07
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how many of the 747's do MK have?
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The Halifax Airport website

http://www.halifax-airport.com/defau...70.1.14.64.166
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Can someone confirm it was not a 'crash'
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Can someone confirm it was not a 'crash'
I should watch the above CBC link... it gets updated every few minutes. It doesn't seem good from that, but hopefully is totally wrong...
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http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNew...hub=TopStories

Cargo plane crashes at Halifax Airport

CTV.ca News Staff

A large cargo plane with seven crew members on board has crashed at Halifax International Airport.

The Boeing 747 was taking off around 4 a.m. AT on it s way to Spain when it crashed into a rock quarry at the end of a runway, said Const. Joe Taplin of the RCMP.

The fate of the crew is not known, but a spokesman for MK Airlines, which owns the plane, said the situation looked grim.

"I understand from our people on the ground in Halifax that there may be no survivors,'' Steve Anderson told Canadian Press.

An official at the Queen Elizabeth II Health Science Centre said they were put on Code Orange, meaning they had to prepare for mass casualties. However, the Code Orange was later called off and no casualties were brought to the hospital.

CTV's John Vennavally-Rao is at the airport and says there are reports the plane hit power lines, then broke in to pieces when it hit the ground. He says the weather is clear and does not appear to be a factor in the crash.

The crash resulted in a major fire that has completely closed the ariport, which is in a remote area outside city limits.

Cab drivers taking passengers to the airport reported that they had been turned back.

"RCMP and emergency firefighters are on site,'' said airport spokesman Pat Chapman. "The airport is closed.''

More to come...
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Cargo Plane Crashes in Eastern Canada

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Published: October 14, 2004

Filed at 6:12 a.m. ET

HALIFAX, Nova Scotia (AP) -- A large cargo jet with seven crew members on board crashed into a rock quarry as it took off from Halifax on Thursday. The fate of the crew was not known.

The Boeing 747, owned by MK Airlines, was loaded with tractors and seafood and crashed at the end of the runway at Halifax International Airport on Canada's east coast, said police Const. Joe Taplin.

``The RCMP and emergency firefighters are on site,'' said airport spokesman Pat Chapman.

Witness Peter Lewis was dropping off his wife at the airport and saw two explosions.

``As we were approaching we saw what I thought was heat lighting 'cause I told everyone in the car that we've got heat lightning in the sky,'' he told radio station CJCH.

``That was only a quick one followed by a second one that was bigger. And then we seen a very bright orange light, and I mean bright. It took up the whole sky.''

Chapman and Taplin said seven crew members were on the aircraft but it was not known whether they survived.

Cab drivers taking passengers to the airport reported that they had been turned back.

``All the information that we can get is the airport is closed for the day,'' said cab company owner Angus McGillivary. ``We got a cargo plane down that's taken down the power at the airport.''


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Halifax airport slowly reopening after deadly jet crash

Seven crewman feared dead

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Thursday, October 14, 2004

A large cargo jet with seven crew members on board crashed into a rock quarry at the end of a runway at Halifax International Airport Thursday.

The Boeing 747 owned by British-based MK Airlines and loaded with tractors and seafood was taking off when it crashed into the quarry, said Const. Joe Taplin of the RCMP.

Officials with MK Airlines fear none of the seven crew may have survived the crash.

MK spokesman Steve Anderson told CBC Newsworld Thursday morning that there has been no history of trouble with the aircraft.

He says the only other crash the company has had to deal with was in Nigeria three years ago and that was under "completely different circumstances."

The airport which was closed for a few hours is slowly being reopened.

It\'s not clear when it will return to a full flight schedule.

Some reports suggest the jet\'s tail hit the runway during takeoff sending up a shower of sparks.

Witness Peter Lewis was dropping off his wife at the airport and saw two explosions that resembled heat lightning.

"As we were approaching we saw what I thought was heat lighting \'cause I told everyone in the car that we\'ve got heat lightning in the sky," he told radio station CJCH.

"That was only a quick one followed by a second one that was bigger. And then we seen a very bright orange light and I mean bright. It took up the whole sky."

"RCMP and emergency firefighters are on site," said airport spokesman Pat Chapman. "The airport is closed."

An official at the Queen Elizabeth II Health Science Centre said they were put on Code Orange, meaning they had to prepare for mass casualties. However, the Code Orange was later called off and no casualties were brought to the hospital.

The airport is located in a remote area outside city limits.

Cab drivers taking passengers to the airport reported that they had been turned back.

"All the information that we can get is the airport is closed for the day," said cab company owner Angus McGillivary. "We got a cargo plane down that\'s taken down the power at the airport."

He said his drivers could not see anything except for a darkened airport.

"It\'s completely black," said McGillivary. "There\'s no runway lights. There\'s no tower lights."

http://www.canada.com/maritimes/news...2-118037ae0554
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Old 14th Oct 2004, 11:08
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With all respect A-Floor and Airbubba, what are you achieving by cut and pasting news articles? All you are doing is clogging up the thread with nothing new, or of interest, and by definition at this stage, the information you post now is out of date, and the article updated, within minutes.

Smufjet's initial link seems to be all one really needs - it's being updated every few minutes... and doesn't need a login etc.

Maybe if a link you find has a particularly interesting or new slant, then cut and past that bit of it. But whole articles are a bit OTT IMHO at this stage...
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A rather "wild" rumour suggests the plane did a tail-strike and the aircraft broke off.

What the... ?
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Old 14th Oct 2004, 11:13
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Please don't construe this as any kind of speculation - its just curiosity. Cargo such as tractors - do they go in an aircraft lined up nose to tail or side by side? Or are they transported in some kind of container?
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Old 14th Oct 2004, 11:20
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PP, it depends on the aircraft and the size of the tractor. Could be either on the 74F.
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Old 14th Oct 2004, 11:22
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Metar reports for those interested

CYHZ 140700Z 26006KT 15SM OVC018 10/09 A2967 RMK SC8 SLP051
CYHZ 140800Z 25005KT 15SM OVC016 10/09 A2968 RMK SC8 SLP054
CYHZ 140900Z 26005KT 15SM OVC016 10/09 A2970 RMK SC8 SLP061
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Old 14th Oct 2004, 11:25
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Update as of 07:13 AM EST

Crashed aircraft.
Not a RTO.
Aircraft ended up in a quarry off the departure end of the runway.
Aeroplane went airborne.
All 7 crew members feared dead.
Coroner en route to site.
Zimbabwe based B747 en route stop in Halifax. Destination Spain (nothing other than that as a destination).

CYHZ closed.

All remaining reports, so far, full of speculation and second guessing as you would expect.
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Old 14th Oct 2004, 12:05
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From what I hear, dest was ZAZ, then on to LUX.
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VERY SAD NEWS.GOOD GUYS,GOOD AIRLINE.

ONE SMALL CORRECTION WILLIE:

9G-MKJ (FORMERELY SAA CARGO COMBI ZS-SAR WATERBERG) REGISTERED IN GHANA. BASED THERE AND IN LUXEMBOURG, NOT ZIMBABWE.MK CREW MOSTLY ZIMBABWEAN THOUGH, STRONG HISTORICAL LINKS TO THAT COUNTRY.
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Old 14th Oct 2004, 12:10
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how many of the 747's do MK have?
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6 now, and 6 DC-8's
 
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CR2 - MOST LIKELY FINAL DESTINATION WAS LUXEMBOURG WHERE MKA HAVE HUB AND OPERATE FROM ON BEHALF AIR SEA BROKER (PANALPINA)
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GOOD AIRLINE?????

Are you demented? Don't have the details to hand, but someone will turn up with their hull-loss rate any minute, I expect. It is appalling.
Property values under the Manston flight-path about to plunge, should think.
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