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Last updated: 15 December 2018
Statuts:Enquête Officielle
Date:dimanche 25 mai 2008
Type/Sous-type:Silhouette image of generic B742 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 747-209F
Compagnie:Kalitta Air
Immatriculation: N704CK
Numéro de série: 22299/462
Année de Fabrication: 1980-07-11 (27 years 11 months)
Heures de vol:108560
Moteurs: 4 Pratt & Whitney JT9D-7Q
Equipage:victimes: 0 / à bord: 4
Passagers:victimes: 0 / à bord: 1
Total:victimes: 0 / à bord: 5
Dégats de l'appareil: Perte Totale
Conséquences: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Lieu de l'accident:Brussel-Zaventem Airport (BRU) (   Belgique)
Phase de vol: Au décollage (TOF)
Aéroport de départ:Brussel-Zaventem Airport (BRU/EBBR), Belgique
Aéroport de destination:Bahrain International Airport (BAH/OBBI), Bahrain
Numéro de vol: 207
Kalitta Flight 207 was a cargo flight from New York-JFK to Bahrain (BAH) with a technical stop at Brussels (BRU). It carried 76 tonnes of cargo. The Boeing 747 was cleared for takeoff from runway 20 (a 9800 x 164 feet asphalt runway).
The initial phase of the takeoff run was uneventful. The speed increased under a constant acceleration until one of the engine experienced a momentary loss of power. This phenomenon was accompanied by a loud bang, heard by the crew and external witnesses, and by flames, seen from the control tower.
The bang and the loss of power occurred around V1 speed. Two seconds after the bang, all four engines were brought back to idle, and braking action was initiated. The thrust reversers were not deployed.
The aircraft came to a stop 300 m after the end of runway 20, above a railroad embankment. The aircraft was severely damaged; it broke in three parts.

Probable Cause:

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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Aircraft history
date registration operator remarks
11 JUL 1980 B-1894 China Airlines
B-18752 China Airlines new registration
10 SEP 2003 N704CK Kalitta Air

Ce plan montre l'aéroport de départ ainsi que la supposée destination du vol. La ligne fixe reliant les deux aéroports n'est pas le plan de vol exact.
La distance entre Brussel-Zaventem Airport et Bahrain International Airport est de 4710 km (2944 miles).
Accident location: Exact; deduced from official accident report.

Les informations ci-dessus ne représentent pas l'opinion de la 'Flight Safety Foundation' ou de 'Aviation Safety Network' sur les causes de l'accident. Ces informations prélimimaires sont basées sur les faits tel qu'ils sont connus à ce jour.
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