• Reports: Falling fragments from Boeing 787 damage cars, rooftops near Rome

    By: KIRO 7 News Staff

    Updated:

    ROME - Falling fragments from a Los Angeles-bound plane damaged cars and rooftops near Rome's Fiumicino Airport on Saturday, Agenzia Nazionale Stampa Associata, an Italian news agency reported. 

    According to ANSA, the debris from the Boeing 787, operating for the low-cost airline Norwegian, fell just after takeoff.

    Footage from ANSA showed damage to car windshields, and local residents said they found debris measuring up to 3.9 inches on the streets. 

    No injuries were reported, according to CBS.

    CBS said police and civil protection officers were brought in for inspection and Italy's National Agency for Flight Safety ordered further inspection. 

    The 298 passengers on board deplaned as normal when the plane returned to the ground, CBS said. 

    A spokesperson for Boeing sent KIRO 7 the following statement in response to fragments falling: 

    "We are aware of the situation and supporting our customer at this time. We stand ready to provide technical assistance to the authorities who are investigating the cause of the incident."

    A spokesperson for Norweigan sent KIRO 7 the following statement:

    "Norwegian's flight DY7115 from Rome Fiumicino (FCO) to Los Angeles (LAX) experienced a technical issue a few minutes after take-off Saturday afternoon at 16.27, local time. The aircraft consequently returned to the airport where it landed safely.

    "All 298 passengers on board the flight were taken care of by our handling agent and the airport, provided accommodation and put on other flights . The flight was staffed by nine cabin crew and three pilots.

    "The safety of customers and crew is always our main priority. We are actively collaborating with Aeroporti di Roma and the Italian authorities in the investigation. As it is an ongoing investigation, we cannot comment of specific aspects of this event."


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