Lufthansa Cargo MD-11 Crash Lands at Riyadh ( with Photos, Aircraft’s History and Flight History )
(AIR) – A Lufthansa Cargo McDonnel Douglas MD-11, registration D-ALCQ , and operating flight LH8460 crashed while on approach to Riyadh Airport ( RUH ).
The flight was on a Frankfurt – Riyadh- Sharjah – Hong Kong routing.
Photo copyright AlRiyadh
The aircraft involved in this aircraft has since been written off. The cause of the crash was partly attributed to pilot error. More details, including the final report could be found on the AvHerald.
The Saudi Arabian authorities confirmed that the crew reported a fire onboard and declared emergency. The airline stated that the aircraft suffered a hard landing. The aircraft was carrying 80t of unspecified freight.
Weather at the time was as belows
Jul 27 10:00 METAR OERK 271000Z 32022KT 7000 SKC 41/05 Q1005 NOSIG=
Jul 27 09:00 METAR OERK 270900Z 32014KT CAVOK 40/05 Q1006 NOSIG=
Various reports state a smoke was coming from the aircraft, however this cannot be confirmed since most media ( without an expertise in aviation ) can easily confuse matters within the first few hours of the incident.
D-ALCQ was MSN534/48431. An ex-Alitalia passenger aircraft delivered in 1993. It was converted into a freighter in 2004. (Registration data have been confirmed through ACARS messages.)
The airport, Saudi Arabia’s busiest, has two parallel runway – of which one, 15L/33R, was closed for maintenance. However it has now been opened following the accident on 15R/33L.
MD-11s (freighter) have lately had a comparatively rather bad safety record compared to its same vintage counterparts, such as the passenger models of Airbus A340-300 and Boeing 777-200. This is attributed by some as owing to the aircraft’s rather different aerodynamic design ( the aircraft’s low speed handling is not considered to be as easy as on some aircraft due to the relaxed stability from moving the CG aft in an attempt to reduce the drag ).
The last recorded flights by D-ALCQ in the last two weeks, by data.Flight24.com
Note: GEC is the ICAO code for Lufthansa Cargo
GEC8460 seen @ 2010-07-27 07:05 CET
GEC8251 seen @ 2010-07-25 21:39 CET
GEC8250 seen @ 2010-07-24 21:15 CET
GEC8385 seen @ 2010-07-24 12:53 CET
GEC8384 seen @ 2010-07-22 23:43 CET
GEC8297 seen @ 2010-07-22 07:37 CET
GEC8296 seen @ 2010-07-21 03:30 CET
GEC8415 seen @ 2010-07-20 20:36 CET
GEC8414 seen @ 2010-07-19 21:25 CET
GEC8413 seen @ 2010-07-19 12:02 CET
GEC8412 seen @ 2010-07-18 12:47 CET
GEC8297 seen @ 2010-07-18 05:56 CET
GEC8296 seen @ 2010-07-17 03:25 CET
GEC8251 seen @ 2010-07-16 21:41 CET
GEC8250 seen @ 2010-07-15 20:17 CET
GEC8453 seen @ 2010-07-15 11:25 CET
GEC8452 seen @ 2010-07-14 04:01 CET
GEC8189 seen @ 2010-07-13 21:24 CET
GEC8188 seen @ 2010-07-13 03:19 CET
The aircraft in its glory days
Flying for Alitalia, its original owner, as I-DUPB. Named as “Pietro Mascagni”. In memory of her capability, this picture shows a very low approach into Hong Kong Kai Tak.