The Boeing 747-400 cargo plane was bound to John F. Kennedy Airport in New York City, according to Longtail Aviation, the charter airline that owns the plane.
Longtail Aviation said in a statement to CNN that the cabin crew noticed an engine problem shortly after takeoff. The airline said the crew “followed the correct procedures to investigate the problem.”
“As a result, the decision was taken, with the consent of air traffic, to transfer to Liege Airport in Belgium, where it landed safely,” the airline said.
“Our flight crew handled this situation professionally and according to the correct flying standards, resulting in a safe and event-free landing,” said Martin Ameek, director in charge of Longtail Aviation. “We are now working closely with the Dutch, Belgian, Bermuda and UK authorities to understand the cause of this accident.”
Veiligheidsregio Safety Inspector (Safety Inspector) said that as a result of engine problems, metal parts fell into Meersen in Saint-Josefstraat.
Two people were slightly injured. The safety inspector said one of them was taken to hospital. The safety inspector added that many cars and homes were damaged.
The company said in a statement that the plane was carrying “general goods and medicines.”
“A few seconds after the plane took off, the air traffic control noticed an engine fire and informed the pilots. Then they stopped the engine in question and sent an emergency signal,” the company said.
The MAA said the pilot chose to land in Liège due to the length of its runway, which gave the aircraft more space to land safely.
“We understand that people are shocked and sorry that this happened,” she said. “Our attention is now focused mainly on those directly involved in this incident.”
The cargo plane was registered as VQ-BWT, according to CNN Belgium’s HLN-VTM Nieuws.
Longtail Aviation is based in St. George, Bermuda and was established in August 1999, according to its website. The website said Longtail provides worldwide rental services, shipping support, aircraft management and acquisition sales.
Boeing spokeswoman Jessica Cowell told CNN in a statement that she is following up on the accident news and has referred CNN to “the Dutch Safety Council” for any information about the accident.
A United Airlines plane was forced to return to Denver International Airport after it suffered an engine failure shortly after takeoff, sending plane wreckage to a suburb. 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 advisors were supporting NTSB in its investigation of that flight.
CNN’s Radina Jigova contributed to this report.