UPS Boeing 744F N571UP crashes at Dubai, crew perish

News reports are coming in of a UPS Boeing 747-400 Freighter registration N571UP crashing at Dubai. UPS flight 5X-6 from Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Cologne, Germany crashed at Dubai around 20:00 local (16:00Z). The company has released a statement (read below the fold).

As per Avherald,

A UPS Boeing 747-400, registration N571UP, was on approach to Dubai’s runway 30L, declared emergency and veered off course crashing onto a free space west of Dubai Silicon Oasis and Al-Ain Highway (E66), about half way between Emirates Road (E311) and road E611. Both crew perished in the crash.

I just spotted the next serial registration Boeing 747-400 Freighter N572UP at Mumbai earlier this morning, before returning to Bangalore.

UPS has released this statement

Atlanta, September 03, 2010

A UPS cargo plane has been involved in an accident in Dubai.

At approximately 12 p.m. EST, UPS Flight 6 from Dubai, UAE, to Cologne, DE, a 747-400 with two crew-members on board crashed on take-off. At this time, we have not confirmed any casualties.

“Safety is a key priority for UPS,” said Airline & International Operations Manager Bob Lekites. “This incident is very unfortunate and we will do everything we can to find the cause,” said Lekites. “Our thoughts go out to the crewmembers involved in the incident and their families.”

“We will also release more information as it becomes available, in cooperation with government authorities. We will not speculate about the cause. Until then, we ask for your patience in this difficult time.”

Reuters is confirming recovery of the two bodies from the crash site.

N571UP was a relatively new aircraft. A Boeing 747-44AF (4A is UPS’s customer code with Boeing), it’s construction number is 35668. It was delivered to UPS less than three years ago this month on September 27, 2007.

About Devesh Agarwal

A electronics and automotive product management, marketing and branding expert, he was awarded a silver medal at the Lockheed Martin innovation competition 2010. He is ranked 6th on Mashable's list of aviation pros on Twitter and in addition to Bangalore Aviation, he has contributed to leading publications like Aviation Week, Conde Nast Traveller India, The Economic Times, and The Mint (a Wall Street Journal content partner). He remains a frequent flier and shares the good, the bad, and the ugly about the Indian aviation industry without fear or favour.

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