A few background notes gleaned from reports on today's crash of an Avient Aviation
MD-11 freighter at Shanghai's Pudong Airport, which killed three of the seven cremembers onboard. The Aviation Safety Network notes
that the leased plane, while in service with Korean Air Lines, was tipped on its tail during loading at Sydney in January 2002. (Eyewitness reports of today's crash say the airplane experienced a tail strike as it tried to lift off from Pudong's Runway 35R.)
Aviation Safety Network also reports that the MD-11 has been in service with Avent for just eight days, following more than a year in storage.
Avient has the following statement on its home page:
28 November 2009
An Avient Aviation operated aircraft was involved in an accident at approximate 00:16 GMT today while the aircraft, a McDonnell Douglas MD11 Freighter , was operating a charter freight flight from Pudong International Airport in China.
Preliminary information indicates that the accident occurred on takeoff from Pudong International Airport. The aircraft was carrying a crew of 7.
At this time, the full resources of Avient's accident response team have been mobilised and will be devoted to cooperating with all authorities responding to the accident.
At this time no further information is available. Avient will continue to release additional information as it is confirmed.