A Delta Airlines Boeing 757 Flight 2412 on a terminal phase of its Orlando to Atlanta cruise suffered an uncharacteristically scary incident. At about 7:30pm, following a thunderous noise, the aircraft with 179 passengers and 6 crews on board lost a portion of its right wing’s upper surface. The loss of the upper wing panel described by FAA as a “four-foot by eight-foot panel” did cause some of the wings inner wirings as well as the aircraft retracted right main landing gear wheels and mechanisms to become visible. However it did not appear that the mishap did impede the airplane controls nor stability. After declaring an emergency pilots were able to land the aircraft safely at one of Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport runway. No one on board was injured and an investigation regarding the cause of the incident is ongoing.  

A picture showing the missing panel on a Delta Boeing 757 wing

A picture showing the missing panel on a Delta Boeing 757 wing

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