Plane Debris Rains Down on Dutch Town After Engine Catches Fire

Debris from a passing Boeing 747 airplane plummeted onto the Dutch town of Meerssen, close to Maastricht, on February 20 after one of the plane’s engines caught fire, officials said.

The public safety authority for the South Limburg region said two people were injured, including one who was taken to hospital, and several cars and houses were damaged by metal parts that fell from the cargo plane.

This footage shows emergency services who responded to the scene on Sint Josephstraat in Meersen, where multiple parts were found, including one lodged in the roof of a car.

The airplane had just departed Maastricht Aachen Airport when the engine trouble occurred, but continued to Liege where it landed safely, officials said.

Police asked that residents not move any debris, so that authorities can carry out accurate damage assessments.

According to the local news photographer who shot this footage, and the 1Limburg news site, a child was injured when he picked up a piece of hot debris and was burned. Credit: Wat is Loos in Mestreech? via Storyful

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