Date & Time: Feb 2, 2008
Type of aircraft:
Boeing 747-200
Operator:
Registration:
N527MC
Flight Phase:
Takeoff (climb)
Flight Type:
Cargo
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Lomé - Amsterdam
MSN:
22471/504
YOM:
1981
Flight number:
GTI014
Country:
Togo
Region:
Africa
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
0
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
0
Other fatalities:
0
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
Shortly after take off from Lomé international Airport, on a cargo flight to Amsterdam, crew declared an emergency and received permission to return to airport. Approach and landing were considered as normal and aircraft returned safely to parking. While all three crew were uninjured, aircraft was considered as damaged beyond repair due to bulkhead destruction.
Probable cause:
It appears that cargo shifted shortly after rotation and destroyed bulkhead and several others structural parts inside the airplane.