Air­line part falls off jet and lands on sub­ur­ban lawn – un­no­ticed

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ROO­SEVELT: An en­gine tail cone popped off a Delta air­lines jet shortly af­ter take-off from New York’s Kennedy Air­port.

It plum­meted thou­sands of me­tres into a Long Is­land neigh­bour­hood be­fore land­ing harm­lessly on some­one’s lawn.

FAA spokes­woman Ar­lene Salac said yes­ter­day the jet didn’t need the part to fly and pas­sen­gers on the Tokyo-bound flight weren’t in any dan­ger. Nei­ther the pi­lots nor peo­ple on the ground no­ticed the mishap.

The flight con­tin­ued to its des­ti­na­tion.

Salac said Delta per­son­nel re­ported the part miss­ing af­ter the plane landed in Ja­pan.

The 9kg part mea­sured 1.2m long and nearly 1m in di­am­e­ter.

A res­i­dent spot­ted it hours later and called the po­lice.

Delta says an in­ves­ti­ga­tion is un­der way.

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