Cargo planes crashes at Tokyo airport

March 23: An MD-11 cargo plane belonging to FedEx crashed onto the runway and burst into a ball of fire while attempting to land at Tokyo’s main international airport, killing the pilot and co-pilot, the only two people on board.

Investigators said the accident may have been caused by low-level turbulence or ‘wind shear’, quoted Kazuhito Tanakajima, an aviation safety official at the Transport Ministry.

Unusually strong winds of up to 47 mph were blowing through Narita City in the morning, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency. Strong winds and turbulence have caused other recent incidents at the airport.