A UPS Cargo Plane 747 Crashes Killing Crew In Dubai


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A UPS Cargo Plane 747 Crashes Killing Crew In Dubai

By Mike Mitchell

September 5, 2010 - On Friday a UPS 747-400 cargo plane, Flight 6, had departed Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE) about 6:53 PM local time, with a filed fight plan to Cologne, Germany. The pilot reported to air traffic control upon takeoff that there was a fire onboard the aircraft and requested to return back to the airport.

The Captain declared an emergency and was instructed by controllers to land at a near by Emirati air force base in the desert. It appears that there was a fire onboard the Boeing 747 and that the fire had caused a considerable amount of smoke in the cockpit to the degree that the pilots were unable to see outside the aircraft and were unable to read their instruments on the cockpit panels.


The captain attempted to land at the airbase which is about 10 miles southeast of Dubai?s International Airport on two occasions, both approaches were missed approaches. On the third attempt the aircraft crashed at about 8 PM local time. Investigators are continuing to comb the wreckage area to determine what caused the crash. The pilot and co-pilot were the only occupants onboard and their bodies were found dead" in the wreckage.

The pilots have been identified as Captain Doug Lampe, 48-year-old of Louisville, Kentucky and First Officer Matthew Bell, 38-year-old of Sanford, Florida. Lampe has been with UPS since 1995. Bell has been with UPS since 2006. Both pilots flew out of the UPS Anchorage, Alaska hub.

The aircraft, tail number N571UP, was just three years old, entering UPS service off the Boeing production line in September 2007. The airframe had flown 9977 hours, completing 1764 takeoffs and landings. It was up to date on all maintenance, having just completed a major inspection in June 2010.

UPS owns 12 747-400s, eight of which are new, and four of which have been purchased from other carriers and adapted for UPS use. The aircraft, which has a payload capacity of nearly 258,600 pounds, is used on long-range international routes, such as the regular Dubai-Cologne routing.

The investigation team recovered the cockpit voice recorder (CVR) approximately 6 hours after the accident and efforts continue to locate the digital flight data recorder (DFDR).


NTSB Chairman Deborah A.P. Hersman has designated senior air safety investigator Bill English as the U.S. Accredited Representative. His team will include NTSB specialists in the areas of human performance, fire, operations, and systems.

The team will also include technical advisors from the Federal Aviation Administration, Boeing, UPS, GE and Independent Pilots Association. Boeing has reported they will be sending a team to provide technical support to the investigation at the invitation of the authorities. The investigation is being conducted by the General Civil Aviation Authority of the United Arab Emirates.

"Safety is a key priority for UPS," said UPS?s Airline & International Operations Manager Bob Lekites. "This incident is very unfortunate and we will do everything we can to find the cause," said Lekites. "Our thoughts go out to the crewmembers involved in the incident and their families." 

UPS is the world's largest package delivery company and a global leader in supply chain and freight services. With more than a century of experience in transportation and logistics, UPS is a leading global trade expert equipped with a broad portfolio of solutions. Headquartered in Atlanta, Ga., UPS serves more than 215 countries and territories worldwide.


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