Composite Piece Cracks Cabin Window
Residents of two Maryland counties are asked to be on the
lookout for a small composite panel, shed from the wing of an
overflying US Airways airliner this weekend.
According to news reports, Flight 1250 was enroute from Orlando
to Philadelphia Saturday morning, when an approximately
two-by-four-foot panel detached from the left wing of the Boeing
Photos taken by one passenger onboard show the hole left by the
missing section of upper wing skin, near the fuselage. The
composite panel struck the side of the plane, causing minor damage
to the fuselage and cracking the outer pane of a cabin window in
None of the 174 passengers onboard were injured, and the plane
continued on its way without any further problems. But the incident
left many onboard shaken.
"I'm not going to lie ... I threw up," passenger Christina Duby
told WOFL-35. "I got sick to my stomach. I'm sitting above this
wing and there was a piece missing."
US Airways spokesman Philip Gee said the airline will
investigate. "We take this incident very seriously and are grateful
no one was injured and that the flight reached its destination," he
The FAA also plans to look into the matter. Authorities in
Maryland's Anne Arundel and Prince George's counties were asked by
US Airways officials Saturday to keep an eye out for the missing
Controllers at Baltimore-Washington International were advised
of a possible emergency landing, but the airliner's crew determined
it was safe to proceed to Philadelphia.
That came as little reassurance to passenger Duby. "People were
scared. I looked at the flight attendant and asked if she'd ever
seen this before, and she said no. I asked, 'Is it bad?' and she
smiled and said no," Duby said. "She's a good actress."