According to Longtail Aviation, the charter airline that owns the plane, the plane is a Boeing 747-400 freighter bound for New York’s Kennedy International Airport.
Long Tail Airlines said in a statement to CNN that the aircraft crew noticed engine problems shortly after takeoff. The airline said: “The crew conducted an investigation in accordance with the correct procedures.”
The airline said: “Therefore, with air traffic permits, it decided to transfer the aircraft to Liege Airport in Belgium and land here safely.”
Martin Amick, the responsible manager of Longtail Aviation, said: “Our crew handled this situation professionally in accordance with the correct aviation standards, thus ensuring a safe and smooth landing.”
Veiligheidsregio (safety inspector) said that due to these engine problems, metal parts fell in Meerssen on St. Joseph Avenue.
The two suffered minor injuries. Security inspectors said one of them was taken to the hospital. The safety inspector added that several cars and houses were also damaged.
MAA said in a statement that the plane is carrying “general cargo and medicine on board.”
MAA said: “A few seconds after the plane took off, the air traffic controller noticed an engine fire and notified the pilot. They then shut down the relevant engine and issued an emergency signal.”
MAA said that due to the long runway, the pilot chose to land in Liège, which provides more space for the plane to land safely.
MAA said: “We understand that people are shocked and regretful about this.” “Our attention now is mainly focused on the people directly involved in this incident.”
According to HLN-VTM Nieuws, a subsidiary of CNN Belgium, the Boeing 747 freighter in this incident was registered as VQ-BWT.
Longtail Aviation’s website shows that its headquarters is located in St. George, Bermuda and was established in August 1999. The website says Longtail provides global charter services, cargo support, aircraft management and purchase and sales.
CNN has contacted Boeing for comment.
Soon after take-off, a United Airlines flight was forced to return to Denver International Airport due to an engine failure, causing fragments of the plane to fly to the suburbs. The Boeing 777-200 returned safely to Denver International Airport, and no one was injured.
Boeing said in a statement to CNN on Saturday night that the company’s technical advisers are supporting NTSB’s investigation of the flight.
Radina Gigova of CNN contributed to this report.