Airplane Debris Falls From Sky Over Queens Ny

03.12.09 | FL News Team

There was trouble over the skies of Queens, New York just moments after a flight took off from LaGuardia Airport yesterday. More than 100 fragments from an American Airlines plane rained down on the College Point neighborhood.

The metal debris fell for nearly a minute on homes, businesses, and cars across Flushing Bay from the airport in the northern Queens. The pilot of American Airlines Flight 309, which took off from LaGuardia at 8:15 a.m. Eastern time, yesterday morning, was able to land the plane at JFK Airport about 20 minutes later after hearing a loud noise and reporting right engine failure.  No one was hurt in the incident.

The FAA is investigating, but does not believe the engine failure was caused by a bird strike. In January, US Airways Flight 1549, also taking off from LaGuardia Airport, reported double engine failure after running into a flock of bird moments after taking off. The plane made an emergency water landing in the Hudson River -- one that everyone onboard was able to walk away from.