By Sumit Singh

A cargo door on a DHL Boeing 757 opened mid-flight yesterday. The aircraft was performing a German route between Leipzig/Halle Airport and Frankfurt am Main Airport when the unexpected issue occurred.

A quick return

According to The Aviation Herald, the Boeing 757-200 freighter involved in the matter holds registration number G-DHKZ. It was conducting flight QY-126, climbing out of Leipzig’s runway 26L when the crew on board the unit stopped its climb at approximately 5,300 feet mean sea level (MSL). The reason for this stop was due to the plane’s cargo door fully opening.

As a result of the problem, airframe parts fell near the Schkopau coal power plant. This site can be found approximately 10 NM east from the departing airport.

The plane returned to Leipzig, landing in the opposite direction to its takeoff. It touched down at the airport on the runway at 05:47 local time, just 15 minutes after it initially departed. The aircraft stayed on the runway for approximately 40 minutes before being shifted to the apron.

More on the aircraft

The plane was still on the ground at least 12 hours after touching down. Its last known location is also reported to be at Leipzig. It was found that that the 757 sustained significant damage following the mid-flight issue. However, the German Federal Bureau of Aircraft Accident Investigation (BFU) shares that nobody was injured and no freight was lost.

According to, G-DHKZ joined DHL in May 2016. Additionally, the unit has been performing German-based cargo operations since the turn of the century. It also flew with the United States’ Challenge Air Cargo between 1992 and 2000. Its first operator was the United Kingdom’s Anglo Cargo back in 1991.

The inquiry continues

An investigation has been launched to find out more about what occurred during this cargo operation. Altogether, thankfully nobody was hurt and no important goods were lost following the opening of this door on the Boeing 757. However, DHL will undoubtedly be looking to take action so something like this doesn’t repeat. With five decades of experience in specializing in cargo operations, the firm would be surprised to see such an occurrence during its services.

Simple Flying reached out to DHL for additional details about what occurred during this operation near Leipzig/Halle Airport. We will update the article with any further announcements from the company.