The pilot of Delta Air Lines flight 405 from Paris to Boston reported hearing a loud noise as the plane lined up on its final approach to Bostons Logan Airport the Boston Globe reported.
Stephanie Leguia, a resident of Milton, MA — a Boston suburb — told the Boston Herald that she was standing in a neighbors backyard on Adams Street chatting when the uninflated slide fell from the sky, bringing down several tree branches along the way.
Massachusetts man is nearly hit by evacuation slide that fell from Delta plane and into his yard
Leguia and her neighbor inspected the item and found a “Boeing” logo. They called the police, suspecting that it fell from a plane. No one was injured by the falling slide.
According to data from FlightRadar24, the flight was operated by a Boeing 767-300 plane. Flight playback data shows that the plane was at an altitude of 2,200 feet and descending when it crossed Adams Street in Milton, four minutes before it landed at Logan Airport.
Delta technicians inspected the plane after it landed and found that a slide was missing. The plane landed without any other incident.
Sunday was expected to be the busiest day of the Thanksgiving travel period, with US airlines carrying a record 3.1 million passengers.
Airplane evacuation slides are designed to automatically inflate if an airplane door is opened without the slide being disarmed. They are used to speed evacuation of a plane during an emergency on the ground, including an emergency landing.
Milton sits directly under the approach path for runway 4L at Logan. In 2010, the body of a 16-year-old suspected stowaway fell from a plane into the neighborhood.
A Delta spokesperson did not immediately return a request for comment to Business Insider, but confirmed to the Boston Globe that the slide fell from the plane. The said it is investigation the incident.
Delta flight 405 was en route to Boston from Paris when one of its emergency landing slides fell from the aircraft, landing in a local backyard on Sunday.
Breaking Aviation News shared a photo of the deflated slide laying on the grass. A police officer can be seen speaking to two people, presumably those who live in the home.
The flight’s pilot reported hearing a loud sound as they began their descent at Boston’s Logan Airport.
The slide reportedly fell from the sky, according to Milton, Mass., resident Stephanie Leguia, and took out multiple tree branches on its way down.
“If it had hit us, we would have been dead. Its that heavy,” she said. “And if we didnt die… I hate to think of the alternative.”
Milton Police Deputy Chief James O’Neil said police responded to the location after the slide fell.
Leguia was chatting with a neighbour when she saw it fall. Upon closer inspection, she found the slide read “Boeing” and assumed it fell from a plane.
Delta technicians found the aircraft’s slide to be missing after investigating once it landed in Boston.
“It was way up in the sky. It looked like a trash bag but it was falling,” she said. “My husband and I said, ‘Oh my God, what is that?”
In a statement released to media, a Delta Air Lines representative said: “Delta is investigating an inflatable over-wing slide that was retrieved following an aircrafts landing into Bostons Logan Airport. The flight landed without incident and taxied to the gate under its own power.”