Not only did debris from a plane fall in Meerssen on Saturday, but villagers in Colorado in the United States also escaped disaster when an airliner lost an engine.
It concerned the town of Broomfield where parts of a Boeing 777-200 landed over a length of over 1,600 meters.
It was a passenger plane with 231 passengers and 10 United Airlines crew members. The plane had recently taken off from Denver International Airport bound for Honolulu, Hawaii. Thanks to firm intervention by the pilots, the aircraft was able to return and land safely.
Two girls told a CNN reporter how they were training on a soccer field when suddenly debris hit the sports field with a bang. The possibility of an aircraft simply losing parts in the air is already low. The chance of this happening twice a day, in Meerssen and Broomfield, is astronomically low.
As in Meerssen, the US aviation authorities ask residents not to touch or move the debris. Each particle of the plane will be described and analyzed with precision. Researchers hope to use the fragments to trace the exact origin of the crash. The same time-consuming procedure seems plausible to Meerssen.
The National Police Aviation Supervisory Team is investigating the incident with the cargo plane losing parts over Meerssen on Saturday afternoon. The department is examining whether there is culpable guilt, police report. This police investigation is separate from the investigation conducted by the Dutch Safety Board.
Long tail aviation
A spokesperson for Longtail Aviation, the carrier of the cargo plane over Meerssen, has agreed to cooperate fully with the investigations. The cause of the engine failure is not yet known, the spokesperson said. The motor blades may have sucked in something when starting, he suggests.
The Limburg police are calling on the residents of Meerssen to leave the found fragments behind and to notify the police of the find.
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According to the FAA, the right engine of the 26-year-old plane failed shortly after takeoff from Denver. Much larger pieces of composite and aluminum ended up on the ground than in Meerssen. But as in Limburg, no one was miraculously seriously or fatally injured.
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