Part of wing falls off plane after take-off

Passengers alert cabin crew as wing falls off

Having a window seat doesn’t always give the finest views.  Passengers on board an Avro RJ85 flight from London City Airport to Florence recently had to endure the sight of part of the plane’s wing ripping and hanging off.

Telegraph journalist Cole Moreton happened to be on the flight and photographed the CityJet plane’s wing hanging off. CityJet said the plane was up to 3,000 feet when the wing began to break. The plane returned and landed safely at London City Airport. None of the 61 passengers was injured.

“On take-off there was a strange noise then a bang and six-foot-plus section of the left wing that looked like [it] suddenly came loose and hung down, flapping in the Jetstream,” Moreton said. “It seemed hydraulic pistons had snapped as they were flapping too. Passengers were alarmed and told the cabin staff, who appeared to inform the captain.”

A CityJet spokesman said: “The WX 281 flight had just taken off from London City Airport on its way to Florence when the cover of the operating mechanism on the wing became partially detached. The crew followed their standard procedures and, after a discussion with CityJet Maintenance Control, decided to return to London City Airport. Air Traffic Control were notified and the aircraft returned making a normal approach and landing.”



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