FedEx MD-11 Crash at Narita Kills Pilots

 - March 23, 2009, 6:37 AM

A FedEx MD-11 cargo aircraft crashed upon landing at Tokyo Narita International Airport early this morning, bursting into flames and killing the two American pilots. The flight originated in Guangzhou, China, and crashed at 6:49 a.m. local time in high winds. The airplane came to rest on its back after it hit the runway, bounded upward, turned over and slid several yards. The accident forced the airport to close one of its runways, resulting in several canceled flights.   

The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board said it is sending a team of investigators to Japan to assist in the investigation. NTSB acting chairman Mark Rosenker has designated senior air safety investigator John Lovell as the United States accredited representative. Two other NTSB investigators and representatives from the FAA, Boeing Aircraft and the Air Line Pilots Association will join him.