2 pilots dead in cargo plane crashes on landing at Tokyo airport

March 23, 2009 02:55

A FedEx cargo plane crashed early Monday morning amid heavy winds at Tokyo's international airport and burst into flames. The pilot and copilot were taken to a hospital, and a local TV station reported they were both confirmed dead. The flight from Guangzhou China crashed onto a runway at Narita Airport and was immediately swarmed by firefighters and rescuers. The pilot and copilot - the only people onboard the flight - were extracted from the cockpit and brought to a local hospital, according to airport spokeswoman Misuho Fukuda. TV Asahi reported that both had been confirmed dead. Television footage showed the plane bounce and then burst into flames as it skidded to a halt on the runway. The twisted remains of the plane were still smoking hours after the crash.

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