Italy: metal debris from Boeing 787 sows panic

Fear in the region of Fumiciano, Italy, this Sunday, August 11th. Residents had to cope with a rain of metal debris, which came from a Boeing 787 that had just taken off. No injuries, thankfully, but a lot of ...


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A Boeing 787 parked on the tarmac of Roissy Charles de Gaulle airport in France. (Drawing). JOEL SAGET / AFP

Fear in the region of Fumiciano, Italy, this Sunday, August 11th. Residents had to cope with a rain of metal debris, which came from a Boeing 787 that had just taken off. No injuries, fortunately, but a lot of material damage.

It is about 16h, Sunday, August 11, when a rain of metal debris falls on the district of Isola Sacra, in the suburb of Fumiciano. No injuries were reported, but 25 cars and 12 roofs of houses were damaged by the incident.

At issue: a Boeing 787 Norwegian Airlines, which had just taken off from the nearby airport Rome-Fumiciano, with 289 passengers on board in the direction of Los Angeles. According to the Italian Civil Protection, the fragments were detached from the left engine at 400 meters altitude. The plane was forced to return from where it took off after 23 minutes of flight. An emergency landing fortunately unhindered.

But this new incident, which would have been caused by a technical breakdown, raises serious questions. A spokesman for Rolls-Royce, which supplies engines to Boeing, said the company would provide the aircraft manufacturer with " support and technical assistance ". Welcome support for Boeing, who is still working on the reopening of his 737 Max. The model is indeed grounded since the crash of Ethiopian Airlines flight last March. A shutdown also suffered by Norwegian Airlines, which has expressed its intention to seek financial compensation from the American aircraft manufacturer.

The consequences of this incident were also felt on the financial markets: this morning, on the London Stock Exchange, the Rolls-Royce share, the British industrial group, lost 3.3%.

ref: rfi