KLM Boeing 747-406 Engine Badly Damaged By High-Loader

SCHIPHOL – A KLM Boeing 747-406 aircraft suffered engine damage on Monday morning, 15 OCT 2018 when it was hit by a high-loader on its No. 4 engine cowling while being towed at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS).

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The aircraft (PH-BFN) had just arrived at AMS from Johan Adolf Pengel International Airport (PBM) and was on the airport’s Romeo platform, a location usually occupied by parked freight flights, when the collision occurred.

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The airline reported no passengers aboard the plane at the time of the collision. No one was injured despite severe damage to the engine and cowling. The damage to the cowling, which helps promote airflow to the engine while also protecting it, was said to be “significant.”  The aircraft, a Boeing 747-406, was reportedly on its way to be parked.

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According to the KLM spokesman it is not yet clear whether the failure of the Boeing, which has to be repaired, has an effect on the timetable. The cause of the incident is investigated.

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