A New York-bound freight plane needed to make a crisis arrival after its motor burst into flames and fell to pieces soon after departure in the Netherlands — only hours before an alarmingly comparative dramatization in Colorado.
The pilot of Longtail Aviation Flight 5504 settled on a mayday decision not long after departure from Aachen Airport in Maastricht at 4:10 p.m. Saturday as its motor burst into flames while going to John F. Kennedy Airport, authorities said.
Many bits of metal flotsam and jetsam fell over the Dutch town of Meerssen, harming a few vehicles and houses and harming an older lady, authorities affirmed.
The Boeing 747-400 load plane was diverted and made a protected crisis arriving at Liege air terminal in Belgium, around 19 miles south of the Dutch line, specialists said.
The occurrence is being researched by the Dutch Safety Board — simultaneously as the National Transportation Safety Board is exploring a comparative crisis with United’s Flight 328 in Colorado, around four hours after the fact on Saturday.
Like in the Netherlands, the United flight was a Boeing plane whose motor burst into flames and dropped garbage. In the US, no wounds were accounted for notwithstanding colossal lumps of trash falling on Broomfield in rural Denver.
The Longtail Aviation plane, enrolled in Bermuda, was controlled by Pratt and Whitney PW4000 motors, a more modest form of those on United’s Boeing 777.
Similarly as with Colorado, web-based media pictures in Europe showed a portion of the disturbing close misses on the ground, with garbage standing out of vehicles. Authorities disclosed to Media that an old lady who was struck endured just minor injuries.
“A few vehicles were harmed and bits hit a few houses. Pieces were found across the private neighborhood on rooftops, nurseries and roads,” Maastricht Airport representative Hella Hendriks said.
Longtail Aviation said it was “too soon to theorize concerning what may have been the reason for the issue” and that it was working with Dutch, Belgian, Bermuda and UK specialists investigating the occurrence.
Boeing alluded inquiries to Dutch specialists.
“Our examination is as yet in a primer stage, it is too soon to make inferences,” a Dutch Safety Board representative said.