Images of Kalitta Air Boeing 747 Crash at Brussels, 2008

kalitta air 747 crash  Images of Kalitta Air Boeing 747 Crash at Brussels, 2008(Image: Simon Schoeters, cc-3.0)

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.

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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.

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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.

War of the Worlds: Crashed Boeing 747, Universal Studios

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Anyone who has seen Steven Spielberg’s 2005 adaptation of H.G. Wells’ War of the Worlds will remember an incredible scene where, after cowering in a suburban basement while the Tripods wreaked havoc on the world around, Ray and his kids ventured out to discover the wreckage of a crashed Boeing 747. Storm Climb has delved into the story behind the “crashed” plane and its final journey to Universal Studios.

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The 747 Jumbo Jet is a breathtaking sight on the back-lot at Universal Studios in Los Angeles, 2,500 miles from the crash scene’s fictitious east coast setting. To create the scene, the film crew purchased a retired 747 previously operated by Japan’s All Nippon Airways. The surplus passenger plane was transported to Universal at a cost of $2 million.

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The crew then set about breaking the 747 into several massive pieces and cutting away parts of the cabin to reveal seats and other internal features. Wreckage was strewn all around, and the damaged houses were constructed around the aircraft remains.

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The All Nippon Airways livery is clearly visible on the fuselage of the wrecked plane. Fans can view the memorable scene for themselves on the Universal Studios back-lot tour. While this 747 is well and truly destroyed, it has nevertheless been immortalised in film history and displayed for the enjoyment of movie fans, unlike the rusting occupants of forgotten plane graveyards and boneyards around the world.

Jumbo Hostel Puts the Fun Back in Plane Travel

jumbo hostel  Jumbo Hostel Puts the Fun Back in Plane Travel(Images: Stefan Sjögren, cc-sa-3.0; jingdianjiaju1 (inset), cc-sa-3.0)

In these times of escalating travel costs, an economy seat on a Boeing 747 is going to set you back a few quid.  But ironically, an entire bed on this retired Jumbo is ideally suited for budget travellers and aviation enthusiasts alike. Known as the Jumbo Hostel, the decommissioned 747-200 boasts 27 bedrooms equipped with wireless internet and flatscreen TVs. With the exception of Air Force One, it’s arguably the most comfortable 200 series 747 in the world.

jumbo hostel cockpit suite  Jumbo Hostel Puts the Fun Back in Plane Travel(Image: Lioba Schneider, reproduced under the Free Art License)

Located at the entrance to Stockholm-Arlanda Airport in Sweden, the Jumbo Hostel offers 24 hour service and features a cafe where guests and non-guests can enjoy breakfast – served on airline trays, of course. For a little extra exclusivity, guests can book the “Cockpit Suite”, a twin bedroom located on the flight deck with ensuite bathroom and even the remains of the 747’s flight controls.

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This Jumbo Jet was originally built for Singapore Airlines in 1976 before serving with Pan Am. The plane’s final operator, Swedish airline Transjet, collapsed in 2002. Authorities consented to the 747’s conversion to a hostel in 2007, and work began ripping out the original 450-seat interior and installing 70 beds in 27 bedrooms, while adhering to modern building regulations and energy standards. The hostel opened in 2008.

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At the Jumbo Hostel, guests can monitor flight information from the comfort of their own rooms, while the terminal buildings are just five minutes away. This Jumbo, which featured in our companion site’s article about creatively recycled and DIY 747s, is one of the lucky older model versions to have escaped the scrap heap, and stands resplendent in a fresh new livery today.?