Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Huge Cargo Plane Splits in Half on Landing

A man is seen standing on top of the wreckage of a Lufthansa cargo plane which caught fire and split in half as it was landing in the capital Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Tuesday, July 27, 2010. It was not known if there were injuries to the crew, unclear what sparked the fire and unknown what cargo was being transported.

It is unusual for planes to split in half according to a spokesman for the Aircraft Manufacturers Association, with headquarters in Blythe, Calif., home of Snoopy's cousin Spike. He said planes were typically built to stay in one piece. He said in his 26 years in the business he had never seen a two-piece aircraft, especially a jumbo cargo plane. A spokesman for Al's One Stop Plane Shop in Wayward, Mississippi said the aircraft probably had been cut in half previously, for cosmetic updates to the interior, and the weld putting it back together was not properly sealed. "It's gonna have to be re-welded together before it can fly again," he indicated.

Credit: AP Photo Date: July 26, 2010

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