A New York-bound cargo aircraft needed to make an emergency touchdown after its engine caught fireplace and broke aside shortly after takeoff within the Netherlands — simply hours earlier than an alarmingly related drama in Colorado.
The pilot of Longtail Aviation Flight 5504 made a mayday name quickly after takeoff from Aachen Airport in Maastricht at 4:10 p.m. Saturday as its engine caught fireplace whereas heading to John F. Kennedy Airport, officers mentioned.
Dozens of items of steel debris fell over the Dutch city of Meerssen, damaging a number of automobiles and homes and injuring an aged lady, officers confirmed.
The Boeing 747-400 cargo aircraft was redirected and made a secure emergency touchdown at Liege airport in Belgium, about 19 miles south of the Dutch border, authorities mentioned.
The incident is being investigated by the Dutch Security Board — on the same time as the Nationwide Transportation Security Board is investigating the same emergency with United’s Flight 328 in Colorado, about 4 hours later on Saturday.
Like within the Netherlands, the United flight was a Boeing jet whose engine caught fireplace and dropped debris. Within the US, no accidents had been reported regardless of big chunks of debris falling on Broomfield in suburban Denver.
The Longtail Aviation aircraft, registered in Bermuda, was powered by Pratt & Whitney PW4000 engines, a smaller model of these on United’s Boeing 777.
As with Colorado, social media photos in Europe confirmed a number of the alarming near-misses on the bottom, with debris protruding of automobiles. Officers instructed De Telegraaf that an aged lady who was struck suffered solely minor accidents.
“A number of automobiles had been broken and bits hit a number of homes. Items had been discovered throughout the residential neighborhood on roofs, gardens and streets,” Maastricht Airport spokeswoman Hella Hendriks mentioned.
“The photographs point out they had been elements of engine blade, however that’s being investigated.”
Longtail Aviation mentioned it was “too early to take a position as to what might have been the reason for the issue” and that it was working with Dutch, Belgian, Bermuda and UK authorities wanting into the incident.
Boeing referred inquiries to Dutch authorities.
“Our investigation continues to be in a preliminary part, it’s too early to attract conclusions,” a spokeswoman for the Dutch Security Board mentioned on Monday.
With Put up wires