FedEx Plane Crashes in Tokyo
Update: the two crewmembers aboard the FedEx cargo plane that crashed at Tokyo's Narita Airport were killed in the incident.
The pilot and co-pilot aboard a FedEx cargo plane were killed when the plane burst into flames Monday at Tokyo's Narita airport in Japan, airport and hospital officials said.
A FedEx cargo plane crashed at Tokyo's Narita Airport today, and was destroyed on impact.
Reports conflict regarding the fate of the two crewmembers. Most sources are saying that both crewmembers were killed in the crash.
"We have information that strong winds caused the plane to divert from the runway," a Narita Airport spokeswoman said.
The spokeswoman said the plane was a FedEx cargo flight from Guangzhou, China and a FedEx logo was clearly visible on the upturned remains of the aircraft.
Two crew members were confirmed dead after a Federal Express Corp cargo plane crashed and burst into flames as it landed at Narita international airport on Monday, Japan's TV Asahi reported.
Fire engines and scores of fire-fighters in flame retardant silver suits rushed to the crash site near the runway and doused the fire with foam as the gutted aircraft lay upside down billowing black smoke.
The four-kilometre (2.5-mile) airstrip, one of the airport's two runways, was closed to air traffic, airport officials said.
The two pilots were believed to be US citizens, NHK said.
Public broadcaster NHK said one person was pulled from the wreckage. There were two pilots on board, NHK said.
A call to FedEx’s Hong Kong office before regular business hours wasn’t immediately returned.