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Wed, May 11, 2005

New Meaning For 'Air Mail'

Unexpected Delivery

Sheets of purple aluminum fell on Danville, CA, Monday night -- parts of an engine cowling from a FedEx MD-11 headed from Oakland to Fort Worth. No one was hurt.

The aluminum cowling covers measured as much as four feet by seven feet. FedEx was surprised by the apparent delamination.

"This is unusual for FedEx," company spokeswoman Sandra Munoz told the San Francisco Chronicle Tuesday. "We have an excellent maintenance record."

Munoz said the pilots apparently felt an odd vibration but kept going. 

The delaminated parts landed on the roof of one home and in the yards of three others.

The FAA and FedEx are investigating.

FMI: www.fedex.com, www.faa.gov

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