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