Panel Drops From Delta Plane, Lands on Missouri Highway

The Federal Aviation Administration and Delta Air Lines are investigating how a panel of a jet fell off and crashed on a St. Louis highway after takeoff.

The incident occured on Tuesday, shortly after the Delta flight left from Lambert Airport in St. Louis, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

The panel, described as a cone-shaped 18-by-20-inch tail econ, took a chunk out of Missouri Route 94 in St. Charles County. No one on the plane or on the ground was hurt.

The MD-88 jet was carrying 114 passengers and five crew members to Atlanta. The pilot heard a loud bang and returned to Lambert. Delta said that passengers were put on other flights.

The panel landed near a bank and not far from a preschool.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.