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Falling debris in Mississauga was from plane that took off from Pearson
Published On Tue May 29 2012Email Print (3)
Jonathan Bergen's rear window of his vehicle was smashed when an Air Canada Boeing 777, en route to Japan, dropped some debris after take-off from Pearson airport.
RICK MADONIK/TORONTO STAR
Metal debris that littered Peel Region yesterday, damaging several cars, has been confirmed to be from inside the turbine engine of an Air Canada plane rerouted to Pearson after the engine failed, Transportation Safety Board officials said Tuesday.
Air Canada Flight 001 took off Monday afternoon, destined for Narita, Japan when one of the two engines shut down. The Boeing 777 made an emergency landing at Pearson International Airport at 3:53 p.m. after being in the air for about an hour and a half.
The board’s Ontario regional manager Don Enns said investigators have confirmed pieces of metal from inside the turbine came out the back and littered part of Peel Region, but said they have yet to determine what caused the engine to break apart.
Enns said a TSB member and representative of the engine manufacturer were conducting a borescope inspection of the engine to find out how much internal damage was done, before the engine is dissected and examined at a microscopic level to find out what caused the debris to break off.
Enns said engine failure for a large jet is uncommon, but debris from an engine even more so.
“This is a pretty rare occurrence,” he said.
Peel Regional Police answered calls Monday from residents near Derry and Kennedy Rds. in Mississauga who said pieces of hot, blackened metal falling from the sky damaged their cars.
Jonathan Bergen was inside a Petro-Canada station at around 2 p.m. when a woman ran in to say she heard a big noise and someone's car was damaged.
To Bergen’s dismay, it was his own dark grey 2005 Nissan Altima.
“The whole windshield was kind of the Spiderman look with a hole in it,” said Bergen, gesturing to his back windshield, which was completely smashed in.
Bergen said three other cars were damaged — one on the front and two with dents in the roof.
Eye witness accounts included passengers reporting no noise coming from the engine and one bystander who saw smoke and fire coming from the plane’s right engine.
“I could see fire in the back part of the engine and I went ‘Well that’s not supposed to happen,’” said David Unger, who works two blocks from the airport and was on break when he heard an exceptionally loud take-off Monday.
Neither Air Canada nor police could confirm whether the engine caught fire.
With files from Star staff
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