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Door falls off plane, lands on California motel roof

By Associated Press

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LAST UPDATED: 07:38 a.m. HST, Oct 13, 2013



MONTEREY, Calif. >> A door that fell off a small plane has been found on a Monterey motel roof.

The Salinas Californian reports the door fell from a Beechcraft King Air twin-turboprop plane that took off from Monterey Regional Airport Thursday afternoon. The pilot heard a pop and turned around the land. He realized the door was missing when he was back on the ground.

But the door wasn't discovered until Friday morning when a contractor working outside the motel noticed it.

The front desk manager at the El Castell Motel says no one heard the 75-pound door crash into the tile roof because the room below was unoccupied.

The National Transportation Safety Board will examine the door and the plane to determine why it came loose and fell.







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st1d wrote:
" He realized the door was missing when he was back on the ground."

all the loose papers and floor carpets that were sucked out of the open door and that cool windy feeling in the cockpit should have been your first clue that a door was missing.


on October 13,2013 | 05:48PM
mikethenovice wrote:
Last time I heard of a door falling off was when my hemi Mopar drove pass a big block 454 rat motor back in the 1970s, and blew that door off of that Chevy. Good old days.
on October 13,2013 | 08:31PM
Rochesterdj1 wrote:
"The National Transportation Safety Board will examine the door and the plane to determine why it came loose and fell." The NTSB should focus on why the door came loose. I think they can blame gravity for why it fell.
on October 14,2013 | 02:22AM
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