DANVILLE, Calif. -- Authorities are investigating the discovery of plane parts that fell out of the sky and onto a house.
The plane parts were found on a roof of a home in Danville Monday night, authorities said.
It wasn't clear what plane or airline the parts fell from. There were no plane crashes reported in the area. No injuries were reported.
During tonight's 11:00 broadcast, KGW here in Portland showed an image of one of the pieces, which was fairly large (although hard to gauge how wide). From the pictures -- AND THIS IS JUST MY GUESS -- it looked like it was painted in WN's Canyon Blue scheme... the piece was blue with a little piece of red and yellow cheatline-ish stripe on one tip.
777ER From New Zealand, joined Dec 2003, 11350 posts, RR: 17 Reply 1, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 2411 times:
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Quoting Flashmeister (Thread starter): THIS IS JUST MY GUESS -- it looked like it was painted in WN's Canyon Blue scheme... the piece was blue with a little piece of red and yellow cheatline-ish stripe on one tip.
If it was then surly the US authorites would have figured out the airline by now
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From the San Jose Mercury News:
Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Donn Walker said Tuesday morning the parts apparently came from the MD11's No. 2 engine thrust reverser. He said the parts' absence did not significantly threaten the flight.
I dunno... seems a little strange to me. Perhaps the reverser and the part of the tail that's right next to #2? That little fin behind the engine?
LTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 12365 posts, RR: 12 Reply 10, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 1617 times:
Perhaps FedEx is expirmenting with a new form of faster delivery . At least no one got hurt, the a/c landed safely but I am afraid this will bring out all of the anti-DC-10/MD-11 types. Could this be a MX issue?
OPNLguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 13, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 1533 times:
Quoting Dan2002 (Reply 9): Didnt a similar part come off of a NW DC-10 a few weeks ago?
I read elsewhere (unconfirmed, mind you) that the part that came off on Fedex's was the section aft of the rudder and above the aft end of the number 2 engine (starting at the "Fe" and to the left), as seen in this photo...
The part that left the NWA a few weeks back was the gray part, the one that's underneath the part that Fedex reportedly lost, also from the number 2 engine... NWA's was in a metallic, non-painted finish, IIRC...
The FedEx pilots didn't know pieces of their plane had fallen off until after they made a smooth landing in Texas. Danville resident Jim Moura, however, immediately suspected what had happened when he heard the thud.
"I knew it was part of an airplane because they fly over the house all the time," said Moura, 83, a retired Kaiser Industries truck driver and administrator. "I thought it was part of the fuselage."
It was metal, 8 to 10 feet long, chest high, Moura said, and painted "a crazy purple."
That chunk of metal and two others that made backyard landings in a residential neighborhood just east of Interstate 680 were part of the covering of the No. 2 engine of a FedEx MD-11 cargo jet, said Donn Walker, a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration. The flight originated in Oakland shortly before the pieces fell off, and the plane landed safely at Alliance Airport in Fort Worth, Texas, with two pilots and an assortment of packages, said Ryan Furby, a FedEx spokesman