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.