Several cars were damaged but nobody was injured after parts believed to be from a broken Air Canada jet engine rained down on a Toronto suburb yesterday. The plane, a Boeing 777 bound for Japan with 318 passengers and 16 crew members, was forced to turn around and make an emergency landing after one engine died shortly after takeoff. About the same times, police received reports of hot chunks of metal falling from the sky.
The takeoff was exceptionally noisy and witnesses reported seeing smoke and fire coming from one of the plane's engines. "I could see fire in the back part of the engine, and I went 'Well, that’s not supposed to happen,'" a man who works near the airport told the Toronto Star. There has been "no confirmation at this time" that the chunks of blackened metal that damaged cars came from the company's plane—but an investigation is under way, says an Air Canada spokesman.