2016-05-07 Kalitta Air Boeing 747-400F lost gear door near Leipzig

2016-05-07 Kalitta Air Boeing 747-400F lost gear door near Leipzig

2016-05-07 Kalitta Air Boeing 747-400F lost gear door near Leipzig


During a missed-approach to Leipzig Airport, Germany, the aircraft lost a large part of its undercarriage. The flight was able to continue the approach and made a safe landing.

Kalitta Air flight CKS 248 was on approach to runway 08R(ight) at Leipzig-Schkeuditz International Airport in good weather conditions, when about one minute away from touchdown and flying on the extended centreline, the pilots suddenly initiated a circle to the right at low altitude.

It was at this time, ground observers who noticed the unusual flightpath saw a larger object fallen from the Boeing 747. That object impacted in the waters of Lake Rassnitz, about 5 km west of the airport.

The aircraft continued its full circle, re-established on the approach to runway 08R and made a normal landing there at 19:09L.

Alerted by local residents, a police helicopter was dispatched to the lake and the crew spotted the missing part in the shallow waters of the lake. The part was recovered and identified as the left gear door. (dimensions: 2 x 1 meter)

The 747 remained on the ground for the next 4 days.

METAR Leipzig Airport (EDDP):

07/05/2016 19:20->
METAR EDDP 071720Z 09013KT CAVOK 21/07 Q1014 NOSIG=
07/05/2016 18:50->
METAR EDDP 071650Z 08014KT CAVOK 22/06 Q1014 NOSIG=

OCCURENCE DATASETDate: 2016-05-07 Time: 19:05:00
EDDP LEJ Leipzig Halle
Flight phase:
APR – Initial Approach (IFR), Final Approach, all Circuit Patterns, Missed Approach/Go-Around
Damage to a/c:

Flight no.: CKS 248
VIDP/DEL: Delhi Indira Gandhi To: EDDP/LEJ: Leipzig Halle
Operator: Kalitta Air

Flight progress KE 1275 (provided by Flightradar24)


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Aircraft Involved

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Type: Boeing 747-400F
Registration: N741CK
Age a/c: 26,6 years
Constr. No.: 24315

Occupants & Casualties

Crew Pax Other Total
Occupants  – 0
Fatalities 0 0 0 0
Injuries  0 0 0 0

JACDEC 25-year Statistics :

  • 12th safety occurence for the operator
  • 49th safety occurence of type (B747-400F)
  • 5th safety occurence at Leipzig Intl Airport
  • 1st safety occurence for aircraft in question

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