Cargo plane crashes in Japan (Second lead)

March 23rd, 2009 - 7:53 am ICT by IANS  

Tokyo, March 23 (DPA) A Federal Express freight plane crashed Monday morning on landing at Narita airport near Tokyo and burst into flame, media reports said.
CNN showed footage of the crippled plane bouncing twice, as it veered off the runway aflame.

Strong crosswinds bounced the plane - an MD-11 coming from China - twice on the landing strip before 7 am local time, causing it to flip, Japan’s broadcaster NHK reported.

On board the MD-11 operated by FedEx were a pilot and co-pilot. Their fate was not known.

The plane was reduced to ashes and debris following the crash and a dozen of fire engines were still working to quell the flames an hour after the accident.

The plane had come from Guangzhou in China.

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