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Date:Sunday 13 September 2009
Type:Silhouette image of generic MD11 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
McDonnell Douglas MD-11F
Operator:Lufthansa Cargo
Registration: D-ALCO
MSN: 48413/488
First flight: 1992
Engines: 3 General Electric CF6-80C2D1F
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Aircraft fate: Repaired
Location:Mexico City-Benito Juárez International Airport (MEX) (   Mexico)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Departure airport:Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, TX (DFW/KDFW), United States of America
Destination airport:Mexico City-Benito Juárez International Airport (MEX/MMMX), Mexico
An MD-11 cargo plane, registered D-ALCO, was substantially damaged in a hard landing at Mexico City-Benito Juárez International Airport (MEX). Wrinkles in the fuselage were discovered and the nose gear sustained serious damage. The airplane remained parked at Mexico City until a repair team managed to make necessary repairs for a ferry flight. On November 14, 2009 the airplane carried out a low-altitude (FL100-FL160) ferry flight to Victorville. The cabin was not pressurized and the nose gear remained extended for the duration of the flight. The MD-11 was repaired at Victorville in 2010.

Heavy landing
Runway mishap

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Distance from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, TX to Mexico City-Benito Juárez International Airport as the crow flies is 1500 km (938 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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