A cargo door on a DHL Boeing 757 opened while in the middle of the air yesterday. The aircraft was performing a German route between Leipzig/Halle Airport and Frankfurt am Main Airport when the unexpected issue occurred.
A quick return
According to The Aviation Herald, the Boeing 757-200 freighter involved in the matter holds registration number G-DHKZ. It was conducting flight QY-126, climbing out of Leipzig’s runway 26L when the crew on board the unit stopped its climb at about approximately 5,300 feet mean sea level (MSL). The reason for this stop was due to the plane’s cargo door fully opening.
As a result, several parts separated from the airframe and fell over around the Schkopau coal power plant below. This site can be found approximately 10 NM east from the departing airport.
The plane returned to Leipzig, landing in the opposite direction to its takeoff. It touched down at the airport on the runway at 05:47 local time. This time was just 15 minutes after it initially departed. The aircraft stayed on the runway for approximately 40 minutes before being shifted to the apron.
The inquiry continues
An investigation has been launched to find out more about what occurred during this cargo operation. Altogether, thankfully nobody was hurt and no important goods were lost following the opening of this door on the Boeing 757. However, DHL will undoubtedly be looking to take action so something like this doesn’t repeat. With five decades of experience in delivering goods, the firm would be surprised to see such an occurrence during its services.
We reached out to DHL for additional details about what occurred during this operation near Leipzig/Halle Airport. We will update the article with any further announcements from the company.
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