Early on Friday, a landing gear door from a Boeing 767 cargo plane crashed down onto a residential street in Kent, Washington.
Falling Door: Size of Refrigerator
Although the falling part was reportedly “nearly the size of a refrigerator,” no one was injured in the incident which took place just a few miles from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. After the door came crashing down, local people said it skidded along the street before coming to a stop in front of a house. Federal authorities are investigating.
Other Problems with Other Boeing Planes
This is not the first time a Boeing plane had had problems this summer. During a test flight in July, hot debris spewed from the engine of a 787 Dreamliner in Charleston, S.C., which set off a grass fire that wound up shutting down the airport for an hour. In May, an Air Canada 777 had to return to the airport amid reports of “hot chunks of metal” falling from the plane – no one was injured in that incident either, though several cars were damaged.
Worst Falling Door Incident
Perhaps the worst falling parts incident ever took place in 1989 when a cargo door came off a United 747 heading from Honolulu to Auckland. Nine passengers were killed when their seats were sucked out of the plane. A flawed design on the door’s locking mechanism was blamed – it has since been fixed.