Norwegian Boeing engine falls apart MID-FLIGHT, scatters debris across Rome (PHOTOS)
One person, 25 vehicles and 12 houses were struck by fragments falling from the Dreamliner flight DY-7115 from Rome to Los Angeles. Pilots declared an emergency when it suffered single-engine failure at 3,000 feet shortly after takeoff on Saturday, and returned to Rome’s Fiumicino Airport 23 minutes after departure with 310 passengers and crew on board. There were no reported injuries.
However, eyewitness reports of hundreds of pieces of hot debris raining down on the area surrounding the airport soon emerged. Images of smashed windscreens, damaged roofs and other objects in people’s gardens were shared online. One person received mild burns from the falling pieces, according to Italian media.
Passengers on board the flight told La Repubblica that “worrying noises” came from the engine 10 minutes after takeoff and, upon landing, the plane’s tires were also burst.
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 Corriere Della Sela.
@Fly_Norwegian terrible service ! Make an effort to do the right thing and help us. All you need to do is provide the service and help us get in to a flight back home. Rome to LAX flight DY 7115. You are calling it cancelled but it wasn’t. We were in flight. #getushomepic.twitter.com/lPpmFIg8CJ— MRivas (@Manrivas441) August 10, 2019
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 dangerous malfunction.