The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating why a 150-pound fiberglass fairing from an Atlas Air Boeing 747 came off the aircraft’s flap assembly upon approach to Miami International Airport on Friday. The cargo jet landed safely, but the part came down in the rear parking area of Miami International Mall outside a Dillard’s department store.
No one was injured and there was no property damage, as few shoppers or cars were in the vicinity, said Christina Baguer, spokeswoman for the city of Doral. “There were witnesses who observed something coming from the sky. But no one was close to where it landed,” she said.
The flight was en route from Santiago, Chile, to Miami when the incident occurred at approximately 11:30 a.m. Authorities say that the 20-year-old Boeing 747-481 (Registration No. N429MC) was two-and-a-half miles from the runway and approximately 1,500 feet off the ground when the part came off the underside of the wing.
Atlas Air, one of the world’s largest air freight companies, has issued a statement on its Web site saying: “Atlas is grateful that no one was injured and is investigating the matter further. Atlas is also cooperating with the appropriate authorities in their review of this matter.”