Plane overruns runway, collapses after aborting takeoff in Seoul -UPDATED

A UPS United Parcel Service McDonnell Douglas MD-11 performing freight flight 5X-61 from Seoul (South Korea) to Anchorage,AK (USA) with 4 crew, was accelerating for takeoff from Seoul Incheon Airport’s runway 33L at about 22:40L (13:40Z) when the crew needed to reject takeoff at high speed.

The aircraft overran the end of the runway, broke through the approach lights and the localizer antenna and came to stop about 350 meters past the end of the runway on soft ground, the nose gear collapsed, avherald reports.

One pilot and three crew members evacuated the aircraft without injuries.

Incheon International Airport closed the runways, saying operations are unaffected with the other two runways, Yonhap News reports.

The damaged aircraft resulted in the runway be shut for traffic. UPS says the aircraft is cleared to be moved, but still remains where the incident occurred.

An investigation will be conducted by South Korean and US officials.

“An investigation panel is inspecting the case, and a separate government-led team is preparing to tow the damaged aircraft,” the ministry said in a release. “It will take three months to restore the airport facilities damaged from the accident,” the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport said.

Flightglobal’s Fleets Analyzer shows that N277UP bears the MSN 48578. Powered by three Pratt & Whitney PW4460 engines, it was originally delivered to Japan Airlines in 1995 as a passenger aircraft.

In 2004 it was purchased by Boeing Aircraft Holding Co, which then sold it to UPS. In October 2004 it was converted to a cargo jet with the installation of a cargo door. It has served with UPS since November 2004.

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