A Kalitta Air Boeing 747-400F from Amsterdam to New York turned around over Newcastle and diverted to Leipzig Airport, Germany.
K4206 was operated by N742CK, a Boeing 747-446SF that is 33.7 years old at the time of writing as per Planespotters.net.
The aircraft started out life with Japan Airlines in January 1990 with Japan Airlines and was converted into a freighter with the carrier in December 2009.
By January 2010, it was delivered to Kalitta Air.
Kalitta Air 747 From Amsterdam to New York Diverts to Leipzig
Kalitta Air flight K4206 departed Amsterdam Schiphol Airport at 1908 local time earlier tonight, and proceeded to climb to a cruising altitude of 32,000 feet, inbound to New York’s Newark.
Over the Newcastle area, the aircraft proceeded to turn around and descend to 10,000 feet, potentially signaling a pressurization issue.
The jet then climbed up to 14,000 feet thereafter, and continued on a track towards Leipzig Halle, passing Amsterdam.
K4206 landed into the German airport in the last few minutes at the time of writing (2101 UK time).
At this time, the cause of the diversion into Leipzig Halle is unknown, as well as the reason for it not continuing on to New York Newark from Amsterdam Schiphol.
AviationSource will approach Kalitta Air for a comment on the cause of this diversion. No emergency squawk code was transmitted in the duration of this diversion.
This is a developing story. More to follow in due course. Stay tuned for further updates!
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