JAPAN: FedEx MD-11 crashes while landing at Narita

A FedEx cargo aircraft en route from China has crashed this morning while attempting to land at Tokyo’s Narita airport in strong winds, bursting into flames and killing two pilots on board. The FedEx MD-11 was coming from Guangzhou, China, and crashed at 6:49 AM local time, according to the Japanesetransport ministry. Television footage showed […]


A FedEx cargo aircraft en route from China has crashed this morning while attempting to land at Tokyo’s Narita airport in strong winds, bursting into flames and killing two pilots on board. The FedEx MD-11 was coming from Guangzhou, China, and crashed at 6:49 AM local time, according to the Japanesetransport ministry.

Television footage showed the threeengine wide-body aircraft tip sideways shortly after touch-down in strong winds and then, as one of its wings clipped the ground at high speed, burst into a fireball.

“We confirm the deaths of the two pilots,” Katsuji Komiyama, an official at Narita Red Cross hospital told AFP. The two pilots were reported to be US citizens.

The first fatal accident at Narita, the nation’s busiest international airport, saw Japan Airlines and All Nippon Airways, the nation’s largest carriers, cancelling a total of 38 flights after the airport closed the longer of its two runways. Planes are still operating on the second landing strip, according to airport spokesman Masaru Fujisaki.

The second-largest US express carrier had 58 MD- 11s in its fleet as of November, according to the company’s Web site.