Lufthansa Cargo Flight 1519 was a cargo flight operated by Lufthansa Cargo between Mariscal Sucre International Airport, Ecuador, and Frankfurt Airport, Germany. On 30 November 2016, the McDonnell Douglas MD-11 operating the flight crashed just before crossing the Atlantic Ocean, killing all 2 people on board.
The aircraft involved in the accident was a McDonnell Douglas MD-11 registered D-ALCF, msn 48798, line number 637. The aircraft was delivered to Lufthansa Cargo on 27th August 1999. At the time of the accident, D-ALCF had completed 10,075 cycles and accumulated 73,200 hours flying time.
Takeoff and Crossing the Colombia BorderEdit
Lufthansa Cargo Flight 1519 took off from Mariscal Sucre International Airport's runway at 14:12 Ecuador Time. Upon crossing the Colombia border, Captain Oliver grabbed hold of a phone and said, "Hello, operator. Can you put me through to the electric board please? Yes, it is a emergency." But there was silence. Oliver demanded to know what happened but the sound of the 3 General Electric CF6 engines on the aircraft were heard over the phone. Oliver said angrily that the emergency is a "emergency complaint then!" and there was the sound of laughter. Oliver said, "Look, something has broken into my electric." The CF6 engines were heard over the phone. Oliver demanded that he needed "special permission from the Council to make a emergency complaint?" Laughter was heard again. Oliver said, "Listen. Please put me through to the electric board!" A voice said "Goodbye" which was followed by laughter and Oliver repeating the word "Hello?" twice but no sound came through.
Seconds From DisasterEdit
After crossing the San Pedro River the aircraft was in the hands of First Officer Michael Scott. Born on 15th March 1964, he hadn't flown a MD-11 since Lufthansa Cargo Flight 8460 in 2010. He said prior to takeoff that he would have accepted the fact that the flight crashed upon landing at King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh and that detecting a bounced landing was hard to recognize. After Flight 1519 crossed the road between the towns of Los Rastros and Sabeneta, Michael was aware that the flight will arrive at Frankfurt in 14 hours' time, and said, "Great practical joke, Jim. You got me to go to the annex." Things were uneventful until the aircraft approached Los Lanceros.
A dashboard camera on a car in the vicinity of Aeropuerto Bartolomé Salom's runway end recorded the crash. Flight 1519's nose rose sharply and the aircraft stalled. The last recorded words before Flight 1519 crashed were heard on the cockpit voice recorder. First Officer Scott, who wasn't capable of controlling the aircraft because the nose rose sharply, yelled, "NO, GOD! NO GOD PLEASE NO!!! NO!!! NO!!! NOOOOOO!!!" Lufthansa Cargo Flight 1519 crashed and exploded into a large fireball near E/S PDV La Salina. All two crew died
The United States National Transportation Safety Board and the Venezuela Civil Aviation Authority investigated the crash. The NTSB reported in a December 2016 press release that representatives of the Federal Aviation Administration and the former McDonnell Douglas would also provide technical expertise and aid in the investigation. Investigators from the Ministry of Transport and the Civil Aviation of Venezuela confirmed the load shift hypothesis. This also crippled key hydraulic systems and damaged the horizontal stabilizer components which rendered the aircraft uncontrollable. Control of the aircraft was lost, with the stall and crash to the ground ensuing.
CAM-1 = Captain CAM-2 = First Officer
CAM-1: Hello, operator. Can you put me through to the electric board please? [Short silence] Yes, it is a emergency. [Indistinct] [Sound of General Electric CF6 engines] All right then, it's a emergency complaint then! [Sound of laughter] Look, something has broken into my electric. [Sound of General Electric CF6 engines] What do you mean I need special permission from the Council to make a emergency complaint?! [Sound of laughter] Listen. Please put me through to the electric board!
CAM-1: Hello? Hello? [Sound of laughter]
Unknown: [Sound of General Electric CF6 engines]
CAM-2: Great practical joke, Jim. You got me to go to the annex.
Unknown: [Dashboard camera on car records crash]
CAM-2: NO, GOD! NO GOD PLEASE NO!!! NO!!! NO!!! NOOOOOO!!!-- [Sound of crashing] END OF TAPE