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Chunk of aircraft's wing fell from flight, landed on vehicle

Chunk of aircraft's wing fell from flight, landed on vehicle”

The incident took place on on Saturday 23 September as the aircraft operated flight KL868 on the Osaka-Amsterdam route, and involved a 1sqm "piece of fairing,", says KLM in a statement.

The panel struck the window of a auto in central Osaka as it was driving past shops and apartment buildings but did not injure the two female occupants, who eventually called the police, the bureau and other sources said Sunday.

The part struck the roof of the vehicle, but neither of its two occupants - the 51-year-old driver and the passenger - was hurt, Osaka prefectural police sources said.

Pilots continued on with the flight and landed the plane and its 300 passengers safely at Schiphol airport in Amsterdam.

The panel, 0.6 metre long and 1 metre wide, is made of nonmetal compound materials and belongs to the base of the right wing.

The Dutch airline is now investigating.

"KLM regrets this incident and has immediately launched an investigation into the causes", says the carrier.

It added KLM was "in close contact with Japan's civil aviation authority and Boeing on this matter".



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