Cargo plane crashes in a corn field seconds after take off at Rickenbacker International airport

September 2nd, 2008 - 12:48 am ICT by David M N James  

Rickenbacker Airport According to airports authority officials in Rickenbacker say that a plane has crashed near the airport.

The plane that killed three people has not yet been identified though it has been confirmed to be a commercial flight. The Rickenbacker Airports Authority spokesperson has confirmed that a twin-engine cargo jet, carrying at least 3 people, crashed on take-off at Rickenbacker International Airport.

The plane crash happened shortly after noon leading to a huge fire and quick response from fire department. The plane crash led to an explosion which the Columbus Division of Fire responded to promptly. The midday plane crash at Rickenbacker Airport happened just South of the Pickaway/Franklin County line in a corn field.

The crash sparked fires leading to rescue crews called from the Columbus fire Division several times for additional tankers to fight the fast spreading grass fires. The fire was rapid forcing emergency rescue response at Shepard Road near Bulen Pierce Road which is east of Route 23.

Fire engines rolled in and fire men begun quelling the fire while dozens of medics and plane-crash units arrived to the scene at around 12:15 p.m.

The plane had just left Rickenbacker International airport at around noon sharp.

Airport officials say that the plane was a commercial plane and that it was on a commercial flight. Three-person crew was on board and has been said to have died.

Rickenbacker is a Fedex hub, it is quite likely that the plane which crashed belonged to Fedex.

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