A Kalitta Air Boeing 747 freighter operating from Anchorage to Ningbo, China has been involved in a runway excursion earlier today, after veering off the runway at Ningbo Lishe International Airport (NGB) after landing.
Kalitta Air flight K4968 Anchorage – Ningbo
Kalitta Air Boeing 747-481F, registered N401KZ, was operating a scheduled freight run as flight K4968 from Anchorage-Ted Stevens International Airport (ANC) to Ningbo Lishe International Airport (NGB) today, 7 August.
Video footage taken after the incident shows the freighter had veered off the right hand side of RWY 31 during the landing roll at Ningbo.
The cause of the loss of control resulting in the subsequent runway excursion is not known. There have been no injuries reported from the landing incident.
A terminal forecast valid at the time of the flight’s arrival at 0722Z shows that there had been rain and thunderstorms forecast during the arrival period with some lower cloud. It is unclear whether the meteorological conditions were a factor in the resultant runway excursion.
About Kalitta Air
Kalitta Air is an American cargo airline headquartered at Willow Run Airport, Ypsilanti Township, Michigan. The company operates international scheduled and cargo charter services. Its call sign “Connie” is from its founder, Connie Kalitta.
Kalitta Air was founded in 2000 by Connie Kalitta, a former drag racing champion. The company began operations with three Boeing 747 aircraft, and has since grown to a fleet of over 25 planes, comprised of 777 freighters and B747-400 freighters.
The freight carrier operates scheduled cargo services to over 25 destinations worldwide, including Europe, Asia, and North America.
In addition, the operator also provides cargo charter services to a variety of customers, including government agencies, businesses, and humanitarian organizations.
Kalitta Air is a subsidiary of Kalitta Air Cargo, Inc., which is also owned by Connie Kalitta. The company is a member of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the Air Cargo Association of America (ACAA).
The carrier has a good safety record. The company has never had a fatal accident, and has been named one of the safest cargo airlines in the world by the IATA.
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