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Kalitta Air, Boeing 747-400, N703CK: Accident occurred February 03, 2020 at Los Angeles International Airport (KLAX), California

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Los Angeles, California

Kalitta Air LLC


NTSB Identification: DCA20CA077
Nonscheduled 14 CFR Part 121: Air Carrier operation of Kalitta Air
Accident occurred Monday, February 3, 2020 in Los Angeles, CA
Aircraft: BOEING 747 412, registration: N703CK

NTSB investigators will use data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator, and will not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

Aircraft struck large garbage container on runway and had to abort takeoff.

Date: 03-FEB-20
Time: 11:08:00Z
Regis#: N703CK
Aircraft Make: BOEING
Aircraft Model: 744
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: CARGO
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
Operation: 121
Aircraft Operator: KALITTA
Flight Number: CKS368

It's not always sunny and beautiful in California — strong winds in the Los Angeles area caused damage to a cargo jet early Monday morning.

A little after 3 a.m., a 747 cargo aircraft was getting ready to takeoff from Los Angeles International Airport when it hit a trash bin that had been blown onto the runway, according to Margaret Stewart of the Los Angeles Fire Department.

The bin hit the nose gear on the airplane and resulted in two blown-out tires. 

There were seven people on the aircraft, and none were injured.

According to the National Weather Service Los Angeles, winds were expected to be between 40 and 70 mph early Monday (with isolated gusts between 80 and 90 mph) and are expected to taper down in the afternoon. A wind advisory is in effect until noon PST Monday. 

Los Angeles World Airports, which governs LAX, deferred to the fire department's account of the incident.


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