Kalitta Air – Boeing – B747-209F (N-704CK) flight K4706

by | May 25, 2008 | Aviation Accident | 1 comment

Kalitta Air - Boeing - B747-209F (N-704CK) flight K4706

Final position of Kalitta Air B747-209F (N-704CK) flight K4706

On May 25, 2008, at 11:31(UTC), a Kalitta Air B747-200 overran runway 20 of the Brussels Airport, Belgium after a Rejected Take-Off.

The aircraft came to a stop 300m after the end of runway 20, above the railroad embankment.

The aircraft was severely damaged; it broke in 3 parts. The crew of 4, and a passenger have safely evacuated, and suffered only minor injuries.

The cargo aircraft came from JFK International airport, New York and after a technical stop in Brussels, would continue to Bahrain.

The initial phase of the take-off run occurred normally. The speed increased under a constant acceleration until one of the engine experienced a bird strike. This caused a momentary loss of power, accompanied by a loud bang, heard by the crew and external witnesses, and by flames, seen from the control tower.

Engine Nr 3 experienced a bird strike, causing it to stall. This phenomenon was accompanied by a loud bang, noticed by the crew of Kalitta Air flight K4706.

The bang and the loss of power occurred 4 seconds after the V1 speed call-up.

Two seconds after the bang, all four engines were brought back to idle, and braking action was initiated.

The aircraft reached a first embankment, dropping from a height of 4 m, and broke in three parts. The aircraft came to a stop just above the top of the railroad embankment.

The accident was caused by the decision to Reject the Take-Off 12 knots after passing V1 speed.

The following factors contributed to the accident;

  • Engine Nr 3 experienced a bird strike, causing it to stall. This phenomenon was accompanied by a loud bang, noticed by the crew.
  • The aircraft line up at the B1 intersection although the take-off parameters were computed with the full length of the runway.
  • The situational awareness of the crew,
  • Less than maximum use of deceleration devices.
  • Although the RESA conforms to the minimum ICAO requirement, it does not conform to the ICAO recommendation for length.


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Kalitta Air – Boeing – B747-209F (N-704CK) flight K4706

Tags related to this event: B747BelgiumBird strikeBoeingBruxellesKalitta AirRESARunway excursionTakeoffV1
Event date: 20080525
Airline / Operator:KALITTA AIR
Model: B747-209F
Registration: N-704CK
msn: 22299
Location: Bruxelles, Belgium

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  1. 32 Bit

    The flight number was 207 and not 706


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