(ATLANTA) — A Georgia woman said she is thankful to be alive after a 20-foot section of a 747 cargo plane’s wing fell off before part of it came crashing into her home.
Pamela Ware was in her Clayton County, Ga., home Sunday afternoon when she heard a boom from above.
The boom Ware heard was a part of the wing of a Boeing 747 cargo plane, operated by China Airlines flight 5254, flying to Atlanta from Anchorage, Alaska. As the plane approached Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport on Runway 27L at about 2 p.m. Sunday, a piece of its right wing tore off, forcing the pilot to make an emergency landing.
Part of the ripped debris landed on top of Ware’s house, while another chunk of the plane’s wing landed a few miles away, in the parking lot of a Walmart. The plane’s debris punctured two holes in Ware’s roof before landing in her yard.
Local authorities found several parts of the plane in a community under the approach path. Other aircraft waiting to depart on Runway 27R also reported seeing parts fall off of the aircraft.
The flight landed safely.
Federal officials are investigating what caused the plane’s wing to break.
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