Loose panel falls from Boeing jet over Shanghai

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WASHINGTON, D.C.: US aviation giant Boeing said Saturday it has asked airlines to address a maintenance issue after a passenger jet’s landing gear panel fell after takeoff and fell on a Shanghai suburb.

The sheet of metal weighing 130 pounds (60 kilograms) plunged to the ground shortly after Air France Flight 111 took off from Shanghai headed for Paris on Monday, Boeing said.

No one was injured in the Boeing 777 incident.

The panel is one of the parts that open and close as the landing gear deploys.


Boeing has issued a service bulletin to the fleet providing instructions on how to resolve the issue.

AFP

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