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DHL Boeing 757’s cargo door opens mid-flight


A DHL Boeing 757-200 freighter, registration G-DHKZ was performing flight QY-126 from Leipzig to Frankfurt, Germany.


After departure from Leipzig's runway 26L, the crew stopped the climb at 5300 feet MSL due to the cargo door opening completely.

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Several parts separated from the airframe and were distributed over the ground around the Schkopau coal power plant located about 10nm west of Leipzig Airport.


The aircraft immediately turned around for a landing to Leipzig. The aircraft touched down on runway 08R at 05:47L (04:47Z) about 15 minutes after departure.


The aircraft remained on the runway for about 40 minutes before being moved to the apron. The aircraft sustained substantial damage. No persons were injured and no freight was ejected from the aircraft. An investigation has been opened.

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