China’s aviation authority this week confirmed that a metal plate found crashed into a Shanghai factory is a compartment door from an aircraft.
A netizen posted pictures of the fallen debris onto her Weibo account, and reported that it was found at a factory site which belonged to her friend’s family.
The sides of the triangular-shaped piece of metal are less than a meter wide. Cracks can be found on the joints, and a sticker label is pasted on the surface with a few lines of serial numbers along with the words: “Made in Canada”.
The debris was moved to the Songjiang district police station to be studied. The Civil Aviation Administration confirmed that the fallen piece of metal was indeed part of an aircraft, most likely the door of a landing gear compartment on a Boeing 777. They believe that the door had fallen off the plane at around midnight on July 13.
Officers are currently working to identify the aircraft which flew over the area around that time frame, so as to find the plane with the missing compartment door.
A lawyer cited in a NetEase report said that the operator of the civil aircraft in question may have to bear full legal responsibilities for damages caused if investigations confirm that the accident was caused by the airline company’s negligence in safety maintenance.
Fortunately the damages don’t seem too severe.
We’re glad no one was injured, but this really isn’t easing our fear of flying in light of recent accidents.
By Crystal Lau
[Images via NetEase]