Plane door fell off just before take-off
Plane door fell off just before take-off

Plane door flies off just before take-off

‘It was scary,’ says passenger

Helen Coffey@LenniCoffey
Wednesday 12 May 2021 11:07
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An emergency exit door on an aircraft broke off and flew into the runway just as the plane was about to take off.

The small eight-seater Boutique Airlines plane was taxiing down the runway at Minneapolis Airport when the incident occurred on 5 May.

A passenger’s bag also tumbled out of the plane when the door came off.

Tom Yon, the owner of the bag, described the experience as “scary”, reported KBJR-TV.

“The door just flew off, a loud bang, and the door flew off and the noise and the wind and everything. I didn’t even see my bag get sucked out of the plane,” he said.

He estimated that the plane was travelling at 100mph when the door flew off, adding: “If there had been a person sitting on the plane with a baby on their lap, I don't know what would have happened.”

Mr Yon confirmed that his bag was returned to him around an hour later.

Take-off was aborted and the door was recovered from the runway, according to the Metropolitan Airports Commission.

No one was injured in the incident, which occurred at around 3pm.

Boutique Airlines, a private airline that does short hops its fleet of Pilatus PC-12 aircraft within the US, was operating the flight to Ironwood, Michigan.

It’s not the first time an aircraft malfunction has scuppered a flight.

In January 2020, a wheel fell off a plane during take-off in Canada, forcing the flight to turn back.

The Air Canada Express flight, operated by Jazz Aviation, was flying from Montreal-Trudeau airport on 3 January when the incident occurred.

After the aircraft lost a wheel, the service to Bagotville, 230 miles north, had to turn around and land at Montreal.

“During take-off from Montreal enroute to Bagotville (flight AC8684), one of the two wheels on the left main landing gear became detached,” a Jazz Aviation spokesperson told The Independent.

“The Dash 8-300 aircraft is equipped with six tires – two on the right landing gear, two on the left, and two on the nose wheel landing gear.

“The experienced pilots maintained complete control of the aircraft. Our pilots are well trained to deal with such situations and responded according to our standard operating procedures.

“After burning some fuel, the aircraft returned to Montreal and landed safely.”

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