Riyadh: Two pilots survive as Lufthansa plane crashes
A Lufthansa cargo plane which caught fire in mid-flight crashed on landing at Riyadh airport on Tuesday. Its two pilots survived with minor injuries, a Saudi aviation official said. "The captain and the copilot are in good health, they only had minor injuries," Khalid al-Khaibri, a spokesman for the Saudi civil aviation authority, was quoted as saying by AFP.
The pilot of the Lufthansa MD-11, flight 8460 from Frankfurt, reported a fire in the cargo hold of the aircraft to ground officials before landing at Riyadh's King Khaled International Airport, Khaibri added. The airport immediately put ground rescue and fire teams on alert, he said.
The aircraft broke in half on landing at around noon and erupted into flames which were later extinguished.