DHL 757-200F Cargo Door Incident

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On February 13, 2021 A DHL Boeing 757-200F made an emergency landing in Leipzig after its Cargo door opened in flight.


The Aircraft Involved in the incident, Was a Boeing 757-200F. The Aircraft holds Registration G-DHKZ With MSN 25620. The Aircraft used to be a 757-200 Passenger variant flying with so many airlines until it was converted into a Freighter in 2011[1] and flew for several Cargo Airlines before heading to DHL.[2]


The Aircraft was flying as QY126 Flying from Leipzig Airport to Frankfurt Airport with Freight onboard. This Flight was a short cargo route.[3]


The Freighter took off at 4:53 Local Time and as the 757 Climbed through 5,300ft, the main cargo door opened and parts of the frame near the Schkopau coal power plant.[4] This site can be found approximately 10 NM west from Leipzig Airport . The Aircraft stopped climbing at 5,300ft due to the cargo door opening. The Pilots alerted ATC and then the 757F flew away from the airport for 15 minutes, perhaps to dump fuel and made an emergency landing on Runway 08R.[5]

After the Incident[edit]

The Aircraft was towed to a ramp 40 minutes after landing. No one was injured in the incident.


The investigation is currently underway so there is no information given at this time. DHL did say "“We can confirm that an aircraft belonging to DHL UK Air experienced technical issues after departing Leipzig/Halle airport for Frankfurt/Main on Saturday 13th of February 2021. During the flight lightweight parts of an aircraft cargo door frame were torn off. No civilians were injured. The aircraft immediately returned to the airport and was able to land safely. The incident has been reported and is now being investigated by the aviation authorities.”[4]

DHL will undoubtedly be looking to take action so something like[4] So far it is unclear how or why the cargo door opened.

Interesting Clues[edit]

According to reports by Avweb, A Dark Stain was seen on the aircraft.


  1. "G-DHKZ DHL Air Boeing 757-200(F)". Retrieved 2021-02-19.
  2. "G-DHKZ DHL AIR BOEING 757-200(F)". Retrieved 20 February 2021.
  3. "DHL Boeing 757-200 Freighter Door Opens Mid-Flight". Simple Flying. 2021-02-14. Retrieved 2021-02-19.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 "DHL Boeing 757-200 Freighter Door Opens Mid-Flight". Simple Flying. 14 February 2021. Retrieved 20 February 2021.
  5. Niles, Russ (14 February 2021). "757 Cargo Door Opens In Flight". AVweb. Retrieved 20 February 2021.

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