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Status:Preliminary
Date:Monday 29 November 2021
Type:Silhouette image of generic B744 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 747-4B5F
Operator:Kalitta Air
Registration: N705CK
MSN: 26413/1286
First flight: 2001-09-19 (20 years 3 months)
Engines: 4 Pratt & Whitney PW4056
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 6
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 6
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:between Santiago and Miami, FL (   United States of America)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Cargo
Departure airport:Santiago-Arturo Merino Benitez Airport (SCL/SCEL), Chile
Destination airport:Miami International Airport, FL (MIA/KMIA), United States of America
Flightnumber:K4538A
Narrative:
Kalitta Air flight K4538A, a Boeing 747-4B5F, lost a panel during a cargo flight from Santiago, Chile, to Miami, Florida, USA.
During a post flight inspection a panel appeared missing and top pieces of the right flap and the connecting rod were damaged, along with a hole in the fuselage.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation ongoing
Accident number: DCA22LA038
Language: English

Sources:
» NTSB


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Distance from Santiago-Arturo Merino Benitez Airport to Miami International Airport, FL as the crow flies is 6638 km (4149 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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