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Questions remain after part of airplane fell from sky

It landed safely without the crew realizing the tail cone had dropped off in flight in a Pearl neighborhood. No one on the ground was injured. Source: WLBT It landed safely without the crew realizing the tail cone had dropped off in flight in a Pearl neighborhood. No one on the ground was injured. Source: WLBT
The unit has over 200 thousand accident-free flying hours and no accidents prior to 1958. Source: WLBT The unit has over 200 thousand accident-free flying hours and no accidents prior to 1958. Source: WLBT
PEARL, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The 172nd Airlift Wing in Flowood is trying to determine why part of a huge cargo plane fell from the sky Wednesday night in Pearl.

The Boeing C-17 Globemaster is a large aircraft that carries military equipment and troops.

It landed safely without the crew realizing the tail cone had dropped off in flight in a Pearl neighborhood. No one on the ground was injured.

But questions remain. 

Colonel Lynn Cole Commander of the 172nd maintenance group said this about the rare incident"

"I would hate to speculate how the tail cone would have fallen off. We are in the middle of an investigation right now. Two things could happen potentially. Material failure or mechanical error. We are going to look at both of those things and I don't want to speculate."

Neighbors said they were glad no one was hurt on the cargo plane or on the ground. 

The tail cone is light weight but could have caused damage. 

Colonel Cole said Thursday that the unit is focused on safety. He can't recall another incident of this nature.

The unit has over 200 thousand accident-free flying hours and no accidents prior to 1958.

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