Kalitta Charters Flight 720

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Kalitta Charters Flight 720
Kalitta Charters B727-200 (N720CK).jpg
N720CK, the aircraft involved in the accident
DateJanuary 28, 2019 (2019-01-28)
SummaryNose gear collapse caused by pilot error
SiteTuscaloosa Regional Airport, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, United States
Aircraft typeBoeing 727-200F
OperatorKalitta Charters
Flight originLaredo International Airport, Laredo, Texas
DestinationTuscaloosa Regional Airport, Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Survivors4 (all)

Kalitta Charters Boeing 727-200 Freighter, registration N720CK performing flight K9-720 from Laredo, Texas to Tuscaloosa, Alabama with 4 crew, landed on Tuscaloosa's runway 04 at 20:03L (02:03Z January 29, 2019) when the nose gear collapsed causing the aircraft to become disabled on the runway resting on its main gear and the nose. There were no injuries.

On November 6, 2019, the NTSB released their preliminary report stating that the winds were coming from 200 degrees at 4 knots, the crew opted to land on runway 04. The NTSB described the sequence of events.

The captain was 60-year-old Gregory A. Jones, who had 23,700 flight hours including 6,800 hours on the Boeing 727. The first officer was 46, with 1,850 flight hours.[1][2][3][4]


  1. "Accident: Kalitta Charters B722 at Tuscaloosa on Jan 28th 2019, nose gear collapse on landing". avherald.com.
  2. ""Shoulda gone around": B727 Landing with NLG Retracted". November 9, 2019.
  3. Ranter, Harro. "ASN Aircraft accident Boeing 727-2B6F Adv. N720CK Tuscaloosa Regional Airport, AL (TCL)". aviation-safety.net.
  4. "Pilot/Operator Aircraft Accident Report, NTSB Form 6120.1" (PDF). National Transportation Safety Board. Retrieved March 9, 2021. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)

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