Two killed as cargo plane crashes at Tokyo airport (Third Lead)

March 23rd, 2009 - 10:39 am ICT by IANS  

Tokyo, March 23 (DPA) The pilot and co-pilot of a Federal Express cargo plane were killed Monday in a fiery landing at Narita airport near Tokyo, media reports said, citing official information.
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 a.m., causing it to flip, Japan’s broadcaster NHK reported.

The only people on board the MD-11 operated by FedEx were a pilot and co-pilot. The plane was reduced to ashes and debris.

The plane had come from Guangzhou in China.

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