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Kalitta Air Cargo Plane Lands Safely in Detroit After Losing Engine.

YPSILANTI, Mich. -- On October 20, 2004, Kalitta Air operating a Boeing 747 N709CK left Chicago's O'Hare International Airport bound for New York's Kennedy International Airport when it experienced mechanical difficulties with one of the four engines. Five crewmembers were aboard the airplane when it landed safely at Detroit Metropolitan Airport. No injuries were sustained. It is believed that one of the four engines separated from the airplane while in flight over Lake Michigan.

The airplane originally departed Hong Kong with a full load consisting of general merchandise cargo. From Hong Kong the airplane stopped in Khabarovsk, Russia for fuel and then continued to Anchorage, Alaska for fuel before stopping at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago, Illinois bound for Kennedy International Airport in New York.

Kalitta Air received Part 121 Air Carrier Certification by the Federal Aviation Administration in November 2000. Kalitta Air is based in Ypsilanti, Michigan at Willow Run Airport and flies cargo internationally. Kalitta Air operates eleven (11) Boeing 747 airplanes to transport cargo worldwide. The Boeing 747 is equipped with four Pratt and Whitney JT9D engines and they are recognized for their safety and reliability record.

The Company is working with the FAA officials and National Transportation Safety Board to determine the cause of the incident. The Company's Safety Department is diligently inspecting all maintenance and airplane records and will continue to investigate the cause of this incident.

The Director of Operations for Kalitta Air would like to commend the actions of Detroit Metropolitan Airport in handling this emergency. The Company appreciates the support and swift response of the Detroit Metropolitan Airport and all of those who assisted in the safe landing of the aircraft. Their actions and the well trained experienced crewmembers ensured that the airplane landed safely and no one was injured.
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