Cars are damaged in Rome after plane debris rains down

Elias Hubbard
August 13, 2019

A Norwegian Airlines Boeing 787 Dreamliner was a nightmare for a village near Rome when debris from the plane struck one person, 25 vehicles and a dozen homes, according to reports.

"It was a storm of steel and iron", a resident told the Il Messaggero newspaper.

A spokeswoman for Norwegian Air told Euronews that a flight from Rome to Los Angeles had to go back to Rome-Fiumicino airport "due to indications of a technical failure of one of the engines". "I screamed and ran into the house".

"They were like bullets".

One witness said the fragments fell "like bullets".

Norwegian is one of several 787 operators that have been affected by a series of problems with the Trent 1000, including "hot corrosion" apparently caused by airborne pollution.

"When falling, these fragments hit parked cars, garden sheds and other objects, damaging them".

The mayor of Fiumicino commune, Esterino Montino, described the incident on his Facebook page, stating that police officers, firefighters, and civil guards had arrived at the site to prevent further damages and investigate the issue. "The aircraft returned to the airport where it landed safely".

The incident reportedly sent shards of burning metal ranging in size from between 5.0-10.0cm flying out of the engine as the jet was flying some 400.0 metres high, damaging roofs and leaving roads pockmarked with debris.

Italy's aviation safety agency (ANSV) has launched an investigation into the five-year-old Boeing 787-8 plane and it's Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engine, to determine what caused such a risky malfunction.

The incident could have had potentially disastrous and fatal consequences if the plane had continued for "a few more moments", when it would have reached the center of town "or the crowded beaches of the Roman coast", reported.

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