Plane Makes Emergency Landing As Flames Shoot Out
A team of investigators with the National Transportation Safety
Board are rushing to Philadelphia International Airport, where the
charred remains of a UPS DC-8 await their scrutiny.
The plane -- which UPS spokesman Mark Giuffre said was carrying
'regular customer packages' -- touched down at PHL shortly
past midnight Wednesday. The fire apparently started in the
aircraft's cargo hold, and flames were visible from the rear of the
aircraft as it landed.
Once the aircraft (file photo of type, above) was stopped, the
plane's three-person flight crew bailed out, according to the
Associated Press. All three were examined for smoke inhalation and
The plane burned for hours, before firefighters were able to
bring the blaze under control at approximately 4 am.
By 9:00 this morning, operations at PHL were "almost business as
usual," airport spokesman Mark Pesce said.
The NTSB reports Frank Hilldrup will lead the go-team, and will
serve as the Investigator-in-Charge.
** Report created 2/8/2006 Record
Make/Model: DC87 Description:
Date: 02/08/2006 Time: 0125
Event Type: Accident Highest Injury:
None Mid Air: N Missing:
City: PHILADELPHIA State: PA
N748UP, A UNITED PARCEL SERVICE BOEING/DOUGLAS DC-8-71F
SMOKE IN THE COCKPIT ON LANDING, CREW EVACUATED, ACFT CAUGHT
INJURIES REPORTED, PHILADELPHIA, PA
INJURY DATA Total
# Crew: 0 Fat:
# Pass: 0 Fat:
Fat: 0 Ser:
WEATHER: NOT REPORTED
Dep Date: Dep.
Last Radio Cont:
FAA FSDO: PHILADELPHIA, PA
Entry date: 02/08/2006