Atlas 744 Drops Flap Canoe in MIA Parking Lot

Plane Part Falls Into Mall Parking Lot
No Injuries Reported

POSTED: Friday, February 5, 2010
UPDATED: 2:49 pm EST February 5, 2010

MIAMI – A part fell from an airplane and landed in the parking lot of a South Florida mall on Friday morning.

The incident happened at the Miami International Mall in the 1400 block of Northwest 107th Avenue.

The 747 Atlas Air cargo plane was on its way from Santiago, Chile, to Miami when the part fell off. The part landed in the parking lot outside Dillard’s.

Officials said the part that fell from the plane is called the right inboard flap canoe.

The plane landed safely at Miami International Airport. Investigators are working to determine how the part became loose.

The FAA took the part to a hangar at Miami International Airport for further investigation.

No injuries were reported, Miami-Dade Fire Rescue officials said.

It’s weird how small pieces of a 747 look when they’re attached to the plane - and not sitting in a parking lot.

Exact same thing I was thinking. How does a part that big go on an airplane! :smiley: