DC-10 lost engine piece, landed safely
A World Airways DC-10 made a normal landing at Norfolk Naval Air Station in Virginia after an engine cowling fell off and damaged one of the aircraft’s inboard elevators on a flight from Naval Support Activity Naples, Italy, earlier this month.
There were no injuries to any of the 243 passengers or crew on the April 11 flight.
World Airways spokesman Jeff MacKinney said that the crew noticed a slight shudder at the time of the incident, but the aircraft immediately returned to normal flight.
MacKinney said there were no indications of in-flight damage and the aircraft finished its flight without further incident. The damage was discovered after the aircraft landed.
World Airways flies many military charters, including weekly Norfolk to Naples flights. After Naples, the flights continue on to Crete, Bahrain and, sometimes Diego Garcia, before returning along the same route.
MacKinney said that the military is World Airways’ largest customer. The company has flown charters for 56 years.
According to the National Transportation Safety Board’s online database of accidents, World Airways has not had a fatal accident since 1982, when one of the airline’s DC-10s ran off an icy runway in Boston, killing two people.