Air transport officials in Sydney, Australia, have begun and investigation into an incident on Friday (July 19), when a jet aircraft lost part of its wing as it was making an approach run to the city's International airport.
GV House PAN DOWN TO wing debris in garden.
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GV Jumbo Jet on tarmac with airport officials under fuselage. (2 shots)
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CU Tail of jet with "PAN AM" sign ZOOM OUT TO Jumbo being towed into hangar.
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GV Jumbo towed to hangar.
KRUG: "I heard an aircraft flying over very low at about eight or shortly after eight o'clock this morning. I went and had a look at it because it was making so much noise, flying very low, and suddenly saw three or four pieces of metal falling off the aircraft. One of them was a very large piece, I estimate it was about 20 feet long, very difficult to tell of course when you see them coming down out of the sky. But it certainly gave me a bit of scare."
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An Aviation writer, Henry Krug,was an eyewitness to the near disaster. Here is a transcript of what he had to say.
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Background: Air transport officials in Sydney, Australia, have begun and investigation into an incident on Friday (July 19), when a jet aircraft lost part of its wing as it was making an approach run to the city's International airport. The aircraft, belonging to Pan American, was on a flight from San Francisco to Sydney. It landed safely.
The pilot of the aircraft, Captain G. W. Jones, said he believed a section of aluminum between the Jumbo's wing and flaps was lost. Police found two sections of the wing in Sydney's northern suburbs.
SYNOPSIS: Piece of metal rained on the northern suburbs of Sydney, Australia, on Friday from the wing of a Jumbo Jet making an approach to the city's International Airport. The plane was flying from San Francisco to Sydney. There were no causalities, but many fell close to houses. AN eyewitness to the incident was Henry Krug, an Aviation writer.
The Pan American Jumbo landed safely. Later the captain, told newsmen he thought the metal had come form a section of wing between the flaps and the body.
Full emergency procedures were enforced at the airport as the Jumbo made it landing. The pilot later said it handled well and he was in no doubt a safe landing would be made.
A full investigation has been started. The fallen pieces have been collected and they'll be put through metal tests.
The jet will be kept in Sydney until all tests are completed and the findings released.