inquiries into the Kalitta Air Boeing 747-200
freighter crash in Colombia
indicate that both outboard engines on the aircraft lost power shortly after
the jet took off from Bogota.
the resulting loss of thrust probably too great to permit a return to the
airport, the crew apparently attempted to land the aircraft, in darkness, in an
area of open countryside between the towns of Madrid
in contact with the crew, who survived the 7 July accident, claim that the
outboard starboard engine failed after rotation, as the aircraft departed to
the northwest bound for Miami.
the pilots prepared to carry out the standard set of procedures for loss of an
engine during take-off, the outboard port engine also failed. It appears to
have touched down heading south, just to the west of a body of water,
disintegrating and leaving a trail of debris hundreds of metres long.
cockpit separated and came to rest away from the central fuselage and wing
assemblies, which were consumed by a fierce blaze. Two people on the ground
of the instrument panel inside the cockpit of the wrecked aircraft, while not
conclusive, appear to show similar, much lower oil pressure indications for the
outboard engines than the inboard pair.
landing-gear and flap levers also appear to be in the retracted position,
although it is unclear whether this accurately reflects the configuration of
the aircraft before impact.
of power from an engine during take-off is a central aspect of the
investigation into another Kalitta Air 747-200F
accident at Brussels
on 25 May. The aircraft broke up after overrunning the runway but, again, the