Boeing 747 cargo aircraft crashes in Colombia, three dead

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Monday, July 7, 2008

File photo of the Kalitta Air Boeing 747-200 registration N714CK involved in the crash
Image: Iamthestig.

A Boeing 747-200 cargo aircraft operated by Kalitta Air has crashed near Bogotá in Colombia, killing three people on the ground after it hit their house. It seems that fire in one of four engines of the 747 caused the accident, just after taking off from El Dorado International Airport for a flight to Miami.

The plane, which was carrying flowers, had declared an emergency two minutes after take-off and was said to be attempting to return to the airport when it crashed at 3:55 am local time. All eight crew survived but some were injured and were rushed to hospital in the nearby town of Madrid.

The crash is the second involving a Kalitta Air 747 in two months. In May another of the company's 747s crashed whilst attempting to take-off at an airport in Belgium.