Kallita Boeing 747-200F chartered by Centurion Air Cargo of Miami
BOGOTA, COLOMBIA (CBS4) ― A Miami-bound cargo jet crashed early Monday shortly after takeoff from Bogota airport in Colombia, killing 2 people on the ground. Colombian TV network RCN is reporting 3 members of the US based crew of 8 died in the crash.
The plane was operated by Miami-based Centurion Air Cargo, which operates a large cargo operation at Miami International Airport.
Brian Andrews, a former CBS4 reporter now working for RCN, reports the plane left Bogota about 4 a.m., and apparently developed problems near the town of Mosquera, about an hour and a half from the Colombian capital.
Colombian website eltiempo.com is reporting the plane hit a farmhouse in the small town of Casablanca, spreading debris over a wide area an apparently killing a farmer and his son who were asleep when the plane crashed…
The plane is believed to have been carrying a crew of 8, including 7 Americans. The surviving crew members have been taken to the Santa Matilda de Madrid hospital in Madrid, the nearest large city.
Centrurion Air Cargo operates a 600 thousand square foot cargo center at Miami International Airport, and earlier this year announced expansion plans.