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Old 3rd Sep 2010, 18:23
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From UPS

A UPS cargo plane has been involved in an accident in Dubai.

At approximately 12 p.m. EST, UPS Flight 6 from Dubai, UAE, to Cologne, DE, a 747-400 with two crewmembers on board crashed on takeoff. At this time, we have not confirmed any casualties.

"Safety is a key priority for UPS," said Airline & International Operations Manager Bob Lekites. "This incident is very unfortunate and we will do everything we can to find the cause," said Lekites. "Our thoughts go out to the crewmembers involved in the incident and their families."

"We will also release more information as it becomes available, in cooperation with government authorities. We will not speculate about the cause. Until then, we ask for your patience in this difficult time."

A media information hotline has also been established. The hotline number is (502) 329-0110. A recorded message will provide any updates; the system will also allow reporters to leave messages if they would like a return call. Regular updates will be provided throughout the day.
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Old 3rd Sep 2010, 18:25
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Have driven near to the crash site; save any confusion - it lies between the 311 and the 611, west of the Al Ain road and just beyond (west of) the army camp.

It is definitely NOT on any road, as is being reported on the news.

Extremely low over DSO on its way in. Heard it very, very low over B block.

A lot of very, very lucky families this evening in DSO....
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It's Dubai Silicon Oasis, I was about four miles away on a tour, next to Maidan Race Track when it went in apparently, nothing on tower said at time or when I departed Dubai Creek at 18:10 pm! Just found out whilst having dinner, it's quiet surreal, have some good friends living in Silicon Oasis with EK who would be very close to this tragedy right now.. Very shocking.
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Exclamation

Seems bad..
Was driving through Dubai - Al Ain Road, towards Dubai Academic City.. almost an hour ago when I saw all the emergency vehicles screaming past.
From the road, I could see heavy smoke at the site...
The crash site is on the right side of Dubai Al Ain Road, while going towards Al Ain, between exit 14 and exit 16.. Do not know if crash site included emirates road also..

Site should be near this area..
http://wikimapia.org/#lat=25.1069741...9&z=14&l=0&m=b
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Old 3rd Sep 2010, 18:26
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@atakacs

I agree it's extremely early to say for sure....

Let's keep a thought in mind for the two airmen who lost their lives tonight in the pursuit of a profession they loved.

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Old 3rd Sep 2010, 18:27
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Aircraft came over my house in DSO very very low... to me it seemed low power. Estimated 300ft. Very shallow rate of descend. Was in control, until impact. Estimated track 240deg. No sign of fire before impact.

For the moment min 2 casualties reported. No ground casualties for the moment reported.

Fire spreading in a very large area, estimated min 1000mx1000m. Surely not on Emirates road. Some buildings on fire, but likely buildings under construction.
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Old 3rd Sep 2010, 18:39
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Flightdeck fire on B744F???? Very worrying.
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Old 3rd Sep 2010, 18:43
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Come on just4fun , calm down , sorry if the UPS crew are your mates and even more sorry if they have been hurt , but please do not start a fight about some of the comments appearing here , looks like many pilots have been eyewitnesses for a change so maybe we can get to the bottom of this a lot quicker than normal .
It is terrible that anybody should perish in a modern jet aircraft , but surely it is also terrible if 'innocents' on the ground should perish by an aircraft taking out their home ?
I am a few miles from Dubai as we speak and have a niece and her family living not far from DSO , very relieved to hear they are fine.It is only natural to be more concerned about the ones you love .
Fingers crossed for the crew.
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As they where just departing it must have been a pretty massive fire...
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A fire of any kind with only two people aboard is worrying.....
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CNN as usual...

Typical bullsh%t...

Found and ex "expert" now quoting Kalitta in Columbia and spouting utter rubbish about fuel and MX...

Instant "experts"

Makes me sick.
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Old 3rd Sep 2010, 18:46
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Concur with the low power setting for sure.

Definitely not hit any major road; everybody please stop surmising that it hit a major road! See my previous post as to exactly where it is! It is in the area of the new build villas though, just past the army camp.
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Old 3rd Sep 2010, 18:48
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@atakacs

My mates in DSO confirmed fuel was being dumped right up to impact.. it's all over the place and he was outside at the time the plane went over... he got wet with the stuff (fine mist)....

Keep the kids and animals indoors for a while....
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Old 3rd Sep 2010, 18:49
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3 September 2010 Last updated at 13:37 ET

Cargo plane crashes near Dubai motorway

A cargo plane has crashed near a major motorway in Dubai, according to local officials and media reports.

There is no word yet on casualties.

The plane came down near the Emirates Road, setting some cars on fire, al-Arabiya television reported.

An official quoted by the channel said a fire had broken out in the plane as it attempted to land at Dubai airport.

No details on the model or size of the aircraft were provided.

The official news agency WAM said the plane had come down in an unpopulated area on Friday evening.

BBC News - Cargo plane crashes near Dubai motorway
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Old 3rd Sep 2010, 18:49
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UPS freighter crashes in Dubai
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Old 3rd Sep 2010, 18:51
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Anyone know for a fact if it was on departure or landing??

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Old 3rd Sep 2010, 18:51
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Hi was out walking from Cedre Villas towards Semar Villas, DSO if thats how you spell it.

UPS 747-400 clean flew at approx 500ft from direction of airport towards Arabian Ranches in a slow descent, aircraft disappeared from view over horizon followed seconds later by very large explosion, could not make out if A/C was on approach or departure, however engines seemed to be at low power.
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It had just taken off from 12R... declared emergency and tried to make it back to 30R..... failing which he must have gone for the military base.

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It had just taken off from 12R... declared emergency and tried to make it back to 30R.....
Thank you.. another sad day in aviation.
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Old 3rd Sep 2010, 18:57
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tried to make it back to 30R
Or Minhad (Air Force Base)?
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