Wed, May 11, 2005
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
Munoz said the pilots apparently felt an odd vibration but kept
The delaminated parts landed on the roof of one home and in the
yards of three others.
The FAA and FedEx are investigating.
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