Airplane drops parts over Dallas

November 10, 2009 3:54:51 PM PST
A surprise awaited the flight crew making a test flight of an Airbus A319 jet undergoing maintenance in Dallas. An emergency slide and the door over the compartment in which the slide was stowed fell from the jet shortly after takeoff from Dallas Love Field on Tuesday afternoon.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Lynn Lunsford says the incident happened about 1:30 p.m. Tuesday. He says the Aruban-registered jet was undergoing maintenance at the Associated Air Center at Love Field when the incident happened.

Lunsford said no injuries were reported, and the jet was able to land safely. He said the slide fell on the airfield, but Dallas police are helping search for the missing door.

Associated Air Center spokesman Mike Turner said the plane was a private executive jet but declined to identify the owner.

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