|By Simon Hradecky, created Saturday, Nov 28th 2009 07:49Z, last updated Sunday, Nov 29th 2009 16:09Z |
An Avient Aviation McDonnell Douglas MD-11 freighter, registration Z-BAV performing flight Z3-324 from Shanghai Pudong (China) to Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan) with 7 crew, overran runway 35R (4000 meters/13123 feet long) on takeoff and burst into flames at about 08:12L (00:12Z). All occupants received injuries and were taken to local hospitals, where three died. Three of the survivors received serious, the fourth received critical injuries but is in stable condition.
Pudong's runways 35L (third runway built) and 35R (first runway built) had to be closed, runway 35L could be reopened 6 hours after the crash. Runway 34 (second runway built) continued to operate all time. About 50 fire engines were at the scene to extinguish the fires.
There are reports, that the airplane had already rotated for takeoff but failed to become airborne resulting in at least one tailstrike.
A Shanghai based pilot witnessing the crash said, that the main gear left the ground just before the end of the runway, the airplane however did not climb more than 10 feet, impacted approach lights and antennas and fell back onto the ground.
Photos (see second image below) support the observation of the Shanghai based pilot showing some tops of the approach lights being damaged and subsequent gear tracks on soft ground until the airplane began to break up.
The three fatalities as well as the critically injured are US citizens, another Belgium, Indonesian and a Zimbabwean were on board of the airplane.
The hospital says, that the injured US citizen is currently stable suffering from multiple rib fractures, blast lung injury and pneumothorax. Doctors are hopeful to scale down the injury condition from critical to serious in about 72 hours unless complications occur. The other three survivors received injuries mainly to chest and limbs.
China's Civil Aviation Accident Investigation Board joined by the NTSB have recovered the black boxes of the aircraft.
Avient Aviation is registered in Harare (Zimbabwe). Z-BAV (msn: 48408) was formerly registered as N408SH, PR-LGD (Varig Logistica) and HL7372 (Korean Air). Avient Aviation had received the airplane just 8 days earlier. The airplane should have flown to Harare (Zimbabwe) via Bishkek.
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