A team of Lufthansa Cargo experts have been dispatched to Riyadh to investigate why a plane crashed at the city’s King Khaled International Airporton Tuesday.
Christoph Meier, Lufthansa head of corporate communications for southeast Europe, Africa and the Middle East told Arabian Business that a freight plane travelling from Frankfurt was involved in an incident at the airport in the Saudi capital at 11.38am, after landing with 80 tonnes of cargo on board.
Flight number LH8460 crashed on landing and two crew members on board, both pilots, survived the accident and are being treated for their injuries in a hospital in Riyadh, he said.
The MD-11 freighter, coded D-ALCQ, was severely damaged in the incident, a statement from the company said. The aircraft was delivered in 1993 and taken over by Lufthansa Cargo in 2004. Up to the accident in Riyadh, it had logged 10,073 take-offs and around 73,200 flying hours.