- The Washington Times - Monday, March 23, 2009

TOKYO (AP) - An MD-11 aircraft operated by FedEx crashed Monday at Tokyo’s main international airport, killing its two-member crew. Though largely retired from passenger use for economic reasons, the MD-11 aircraft is still employed for cargo transport.

It was involved in three fatal crashes and 54 other safety-related incidents from 1992-2006, according to the U.S. National Transport Safety Board database. No fatal accidents have occurred since 1999:

_ August 1999: A China Airlines MD-11 passenger jet flipped over and burst into flames, killing three people and injuring more than 200 after landing in a storm in Hong Kong.

_ April 1999: A Korean Air cargo MD-11 jet crashed in Shanghai, China, slamming into a construction site and makeshift housing for migrant workers, killing nine people, including five on the ground.

_September 1998: A Swissair airliner flying from New York to Geneva crashed into the Atlantic Ocean off Canada, killing all 229 people aboard. The pilot reported smoke in the cockpit and attempted an emergency landing at Halifax International Airport.

_ July 1997: A FedEx cargo plane landed hard, flipping over on its back and snapping off a wing as it skidded down the runway in a fireball at Newark, N.J. All five people aboard crawled to safety out a cockpit window.

_June 1997: A Japan Air Lines MD-11 had severe pitching during its final approach to Nagoya, central Japan, injuring 12 people, four of them seriously.

_April 1993: A China Eastern Airlines jet heading from Shanghai to Los Angeles pitched violently after wing slats were improperly extended. Two passengers died and about 150 others were injured over the Aleutian Islands.

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