Thankfully this Kalitta Air Boeing 747 was a freight aircraft rather than a passenger jet. Four crew members and one passenger were unharmed when the Jumbo Jet overran the runway at Brussels Airport, breaking into two pieces and coming to rest in a field adjacent to a railway line.
The incident, which occured on May 25, 2008, was attributed to a decision by the pilot to reject takeoff 12 knots above V1 – critical engine failure recognition speed – after which the massive jet simply ran out of runway.
The Boeing 747 was enroute to Bahrain International Airport loaded with 76 tons of goods, about half of it diplomatic mail. Thankfully it didn’t end up looking like this “crashed” 747, which we’re happy to say is merely a movie prop from War of the Worlds at Universal Studios.