Friday, February 5, 2010

Ladies and gentlemen as you look out the plane you'll notice - uh oops - where's the engine cowling?

A plane part fell off an Atlas Airlines Boeing 747 and landed in the parking lot of MIami International Airport on Friday, Feb. 5, 2010.

Stephanie Smith/CBS

At Super Bowl XLIV Super Bowl XLIV Media Day At Sun Life Stadium Some folks at Miami International Mall may have thought the sky was falling Friday afternoon when a piece of plane fell from the sky and landed in the parking lot.

The part, which is about as big as a car, landed outside of the Dillard's Department store.

The incident involved an Atlas Air Boeing 747 cargo light en route to Miami from Santiago, Chile, and took place at about 11:35 a.m. on Friday, the Federal Aviation Administration reported. The FAA's Kathleen Bergen says the aircraft was on final approach when the part fell. The plane landed safely at MIA.

Atlas Air confirms that the part was a fiberglass fairing from one of its freighter aircraft. The sizeable part did not hit anyone or anything but workers from a nearby auto dealership said they heard it fall and it was very loud.

In a statement released by Atlas, the company said, "Atlas is grateful that no one was injured and is investigating the matter further. Atlas is also cooperating with the appropriate authorities in their review of this matter. Atlas takes this matter very seriously and will be conducting a thorough investigation."

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