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Archive for Monday, March 23, 2009

Cargo plane crashes on landing at airport

March 23, 2009

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— A FedEx cargo plane burst into flames after bouncing off a runway in unusually high winds at Tokyo’s main international airport today, killing the pilot and co-pilot and closing a major runway for several hours.

The flight from Guangzhou, China, skipped along the main runway at Narita Airport before skidding to a fiery halt, footage from airport security cameras showed. Firefighters and rescuers immediately swarmed the plane.

The pilot and co-pilot — the only people onboard the flight — were later confirmed dead.

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