For everyone’s worst nightmare became a reality for passengers on board a flight from London, UK to Florence, Italy last week. Their aircraft was forced to make an emergency landing after a part of the left wing fell off.
Shortly after taking off from London City airport a loud bang was heard by those aboard, the 60 passengers were shocked to discover that a 6ft (1.8m) piece of the wing was dangling in the air.
The Avro RJ85 aircraft was diverted back to London City airport and landed with the badly burned section of the wing only just attached. Passengers were put on another flight two hours after landing back in London. A CityJet spokesperson later said the piece was merely a cover for the plane’s inner-mechanics.