Longtail B744 at Maastricht on Feb 20th 2021, rain of engine parts
Last Update: February 22, 2021 / 21:30:41 GMT/Zulu time
A number of cars on the ground received damage as result of debris falling.
The police in Meerssen requested local residents to leave any debris in place and inform police.
The airport reported one of the engines lost pieces of its turbine after takeoff, the aircraft subsequently diverted to Liege on three engines. Metal pieces fell down in the vicinity of Meerssen, there are several reports of damages.
A resident in Meerssen reported he heard a loug bang, spotted the aircraft with streaks of flames from one of the right hand engines, then metal rained from the sky.
A ground observer video shows one of the engines was pulling black smoke behind.
The Dutch Onderzoeksraad/Dutch Safety Board (DSB) opened an "exploratory investigation" into the occurrence.
On Feb 22nd 2021 the DSB reported: "Shortly after take-off from Maastricht Aachen Airport, one engine of the cargo aeroplane encountered a failure. The crew then diverted to Liege Airport in Belgium and made a safe landing. The aeroplane lost some parts of the engine above the village of Meerssen. This resulted in two people suffering from minor injuries and, among other things, damage to some cars. The Dutch Safety Board has started an investigation into the cause of this occurrence." (Editorial note: according to local media the second minor injury occurred, when a boy touched one of the still hot blade fragments).
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