In The Netherlands a cargo plane departing Maastricht Aachen Airport lost metal parts as it took off for a flight to New York. It appears that these pieces belonged to a Boeing 747-400 after it suffered an engine failure. It was reported that two people on the ground were slightly injured while vehicles and property were damaged by the fragments of metal. The aircraft was diverted to Liege.
The aircraft was operated by Longtail Aviation. A company statement said that the crew noted an engine problem shortly after take-off and subsequently followed the correct procedures to investigate the problem. The decision was made, with air traffic approval, to divert to Liege Airport, Belgium, where it landed safely.
“Our flight crew dealt with this situation professionally and in accordance with the correct aviation standards, resulting in a safe and uneventful landing,” said Martin Amick, Accountable Manager for Longtail Aviation. “We are now in the process of working closely with the Dutch, Belgian, Bermuda and UK authorities to understand the cause of this incident.”
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