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Plane Loses Parts, Lands Safely

October 14, 1998

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) _ A Northwest Airlines DC-10 lost several parts while flying from Amsterdam to Detroit, the U.S. carrier said today. No one was injured.

None of the 254 passengers and 12 crew members aboard Flight 49 was aware of Tuesday’s mishap, said Northwest and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, which operated the flight under their joint partnership.

The jet lost part of the cover on its tail engine shortly after takeoff from Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport, the airlines said in a statement. The part landed in a farmer’s field.

The plane continued to lose several other small pieces, the carriers said.

Neither the safety of the aircraft nor its performance was affected, and the flight arrived in Detroit on time, the statement said.

Minneapolis-based Northwest and KLM, which performs maintenance on Northwest aircraft at Schiphol, said they were cooperating with government aviation investigators in the Netherlands.

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