Polar Air Cargo Boeing 747-400 Runway Excursion

A Polar Air Cargo Boeing 747-400 freighter, registration N451PA performing flight PO-243 from Anchorage,AK to Cincinnati,KY (USA) with 3 passengers and 2 crew, was on approach to Cincinnati’s Northern Kentucky Airport’s runway 27 when the crew went around, positioned for another approach to runway 27 and touched down about 12 minutes later at 19:32L (23:32Z), the aircraft however veered right off the runway and came to a stop on soft ground between taxiways K6 and K7. There were no injuries.

On Oct 21st 2018 the NTSB reported they are investigating a Polar Air Cargo Boeing 747 that veered off the runway in Hebron, KY (Northern Kentucky Airport serving Cincinnati, OH).

A ground observer reported even the following morning around 01:00L there was still a lot of flashing lights out at runway 27 and 36C, both runways were closed and only runway 36R was available for operations. The 747 appeared to be facing south which the observer thought was unusual.

On Oct 22nd 2018 the FAA reported the aircraft carried 3 passengers in addition to the 2 crew. There were no injuries, the aircraft did not sustain any damage.

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