Huge part of a Delta airliner's wing breaks off at takeoff

Missing panels and gremlins top the list of things you don't want to see on a plane's wing at 30,000 feet. But on Delta flight 2412 from Orlando to Atlanta yesterday, one passenger captured this unnerving scene: A big panel came loose and fell during take-off.

Huge part of a Delta airliner's wing breaks off at takeoff

The panel reportedly came loose and fell off as the plane lifted off from Orlando yesterday afternoon. According to Delta spokesman Anthony Black, the panel did not influence the aircraft's ability to fly and did not put any of the 179 passengers at risk. Still, the plane requested, and was granted, priority landing clearance and set down without any issue in Atlanta at 7:30 last night. There's still no word on why, exactly, that panel fell off in the first place.


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