Longtail B744 at Maastricht on Feb 20th 2021, rain of engine parts

Last Update: February 22, 2021 / 21:30:41 GMT/Zulu time

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Feb 20, 2021

Classification
Accident

Flight number
LGT-5504

Aircraft Registration
VQ-BWT

Aircraft Type
Boeing 747-400

ICAO Type Designator
B744

A Longtail Aviation Boeing 747-400 freighter, registration VQ-BWT performing flight LGT-5504 from Maastricht (Netherlands) to New York JFK,NY (USA), was in the initial climb out of Maastricht's runway 21 when the #1 engine (PW4056, outboard left hand) suffered severe damage and began to distribute engine parts (turbine blades) over the village of Meerssen (Netherlands) about one to two nautical miles past the runway end. An elderly lady on the ground was hit by the debris and received minor injuries. The crew declared PAN PAN, then Mayday, and reported they had lost the #1 engine. The aircraft stopped the climb at FL100, entered a hold to dump fuel and diverted to Liege (Belgium) for a safe landing on runway 22L about one hour after departure.

A number of cars on the ground received damage as result of debris falling.

The police in Meerssen requested local residents to leave any debris in place and inform police.

The airport reported one of the engines lost pieces of its turbine after takeoff, the aircraft subsequently diverted to Liege on three engines. Metal pieces fell down in the vicinity of Meerssen, there are several reports of damages.

A resident in Meerssen reported he heard a loug bang, spotted the aircraft with streaks of flames from one of the right hand engines, then metal rained from the sky.

A ground observer video shows one of the engines was pulling black smoke behind.

The Dutch Onderzoeksraad/Dutch Safety Board (DSB) opened an "exploratory investigation" into the occurrence.

On Feb 22nd 2021 the DSB reported: "Shortly after take-off from Maastricht Aachen Airport, one engine of the cargo aeroplane encountered a failure. The crew then diverted to Liege Airport in Belgium and made a safe landing. The aeroplane lost some parts of the engine above the village of Meerssen. This resulted in two people suffering from minor injuries and, among other things, damage to some cars. The Dutch Safety Board has started an investigation into the cause of this occurrence." (Editorial note: according to local media the second minor injury occurred, when a boy touched one of the still hot blade fragments).

Metars Maastricht:
EHBK 201655Z AUTO 17012KT 130V190 9999 NSC 15/06 Q1011 NOSIG=
EHBK 201625Z AUTO 17012KT 9999 NSC 15/06 Q1011 NOSIG=
EHBK 201555Z AUTO 17013KT 140V200 9999 NSC 16/06 Q1011 NOSIG=
EHBK 201525Z AUTO 17012KT 140V220 9999 NSC 16/06 Q1011 NOSIG=
EHBK 201455Z AUTO 17013KT 140V200 9999 NSC 16/06 Q1011 NOSIG=
EHBK 201425Z AUTO 18011KT 140V220 9999 NSC 17/06 Q1011 NOSIG=
EHBK 201355Z AUTO 17012KT 9999 NSC 17/06 Q1012 NOSIG=
EHBK 201325Z AUTO 18012KT 140V210 9999 NSC 17/06 Q1012 NOSIG=
EHBK 201255Z AUTO 17012KT 130V200 9999 NSC 16/06 Q1012 NOSIG=
EHBK 201225Z AUTO 17010KT 140V200 9999 NSC 16/06 Q1012 NOSIG=
EHBK 201155Z AUTO 19011KT 150V220 9999 NSC 16/07 Q1013 NOSIG=

Metars Liege:
EBLG 201650Z 16009KT CAVOK 14/05 Q1011 NOSIG=
EBLG 201620Z 15009KT 110V200 CAVOK 15/05 Q1011 NOSIG=
EBLG 201550Z 16010KT 130V200 CAVOK 16/05 Q1011 NOSIG=
EBLG 201520Z 16012KT CAVOK 16/05 Q1011 NOSIG=
EBLG 201450Z 16013KT CAVOK 16/05 Q1011 NOSIG=
EBLG 201420Z 17013KT CAVOK 16/05 Q1012 NOSIG=
EBLG 201350Z 16012KT 130V200 CAVOK 16/05 Q1012 NOSIG=
EBLG 201320Z 17012KT CAVOK 16/05 Q1012 NOSIG=
Incident Facts

Date of incident
Feb 20, 2021

Classification
Accident

Flight number
LGT-5504

Aircraft Registration
VQ-BWT

Aircraft Type
Boeing 747-400

ICAO Type Designator
B744

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