Cargo Jet Loses Engine-Cover Parts Over Chicago Suburb
CHICAGO (AP) _ About six pieces of metal believed to be from a Boeing 747 cargo jet fell in a wooded area in the western Chicago suburb of Glen Ellyn on Thursday, but no injuries were reported, authorities said.
Shortly after takeoff from O’Hare International Airport at 10:20 a.m., a Northwest Orient Airlines airplane bound for San Francisco lost the cover to one of its engines, said William Wren, a company spokesman.
As a precaution, Wren said the crew activated a fire extinguisher in the engine, turned it off and returned to O’Hare without further incident.
″It was later reported that it (the engine cover) had fallen in a remote wooded area of Glen Ellyn, Illinois,″ Wren said. ″We have had no reports of any property damage.
″We heard some popping and crackling come from the sky,″ said Steve Seiavitch, a Glen Ellyn resident who had been taking a walk with his two children when the incident occurred. ″All of a sudden we looked up and about five or six pieces of metal of different shapes and sizes fell from the sky,″ he said.
The jet, which experienced a rapid loss of oil pressure in one of its four engines, was flying at about 2,000 feet when it shut down the engine, Wren said.
The plane was carrying only three crew members, said Wren, who added that he did not know what kind of cargo was aboard.
Marjorie Kriz, a Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman, said the FAA is conducting an investigation.