MK Airlines Flight 1602

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MK Airlines Flight 1602
The aircraft involved in the incident at Filton Airfield, England on 10 October 2004, four days prior to the accident.
Accident summary
Date 14 October 2004
Summary Pilot error due to inadequate company-related management of aircraft
Site Halifax Stanfield International Airport,
Nova Scotia, Canada
Passengers 0
Crew 7
Fatalities 7 (all)
Survivors 0
Aircraft type Boeing 747-244B/SF
Aircraft name (previously Waterberg)
Operator MK Airlines (previously South African Airways)
Registration 9G-MKJ (Previously ZS-SAR)
Flight origin Bradley International Airport,
Windsor Locks, Connecticut, US
Stopover Halifax Stanfield International Airport,
Enfield, Nova Scotia, Canada
Destination Zaragoza Airport,

MK Airlines Flight 1602 was a MK Airlines Boeing 747-200F cargo flight on a flight from Halifax Stanfield International Airport, Nova Scotia, Canada to Zaragoza Airport, Spain. It crashed on take-off killing the crew of 7.[1]


The jet lifted off from Halifax, but struck the ground shortly beyond the runway. Following lift-off the tail of the jet bounced twice off the tarmac near the end of the runway and separated from the plane when it hit a mound of earth 300 metres beyond the end of the runway. The plane then headed forwards in a straight line, breaking into pieces.[2]


Over 80 firefighters and 20 pieces of apparatus from Halifax Regional Fire and Emergency responded to the call.


An investigation into the crash revealed that the flight crew had used the incorrect speeds and thrust setting during the take-off attempt, with incorrect take-off data being calculated when preparing the flight (incorrect V speed calculation, as the result of the crew re-using a lighter take-off weight of 240,000 kg from the aircraft's previous take-off at Bradley, instead of the correct weight of 353,000 kg). The official report blamed the company for serious non-conformances to flight and duty time, with no regulations or company rules governing maximum duty periods for loadmasters and ground engineers, resulting in increased potential for fatigue-induced errors.[3]

MK Airlines disputed the findings, citing the fact that the cockpit voice recorder was too heavily damaged in the post-crash fire to yield any information. [1]

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Photos of the crashed airliner from
Pre-crash photos of the airliner at

Coordinates: 44°51′43.9″N 63°31′55.1″W / 44.862194°N 63.531972°W / 44.862194; -63.531972