Evacuation slide accidentally falls from plane into Boston backyard

Daniel Fowler
December 3, 2019

One Boston home just got a fun new backyard toy to play with, thanks to Delta Air Lines.

The slide ended up in the front yard of Milton resident Wenhan Huang, according to WCVB, who said the slide damaged several branches of a Japanese maple tree before it slammed into the ground.

Nobody was hurt and Delta recovered the slide.

'If it had hit us, we would have been dead - it's that heavy, ' Leguia told the Boston Herald.

Boston Logan International Airport has approximately 37,000 operations a day.

Leguia was chatting with a neighbour when she saw it fall.

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The FAA is investigating the why the slide fell but has so far only provided a statement clarifying the nature of the incident; "The pilot of Delta Air Lines Flight 405, a Boeing 767, reported a loud noise as the aircraft was on approach to Boston's Logan International Airport shortly before noon today".

Milton Police Deputy Chief James O'Neil said police responded to the location after the slide fell.

The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has launched an investigation after an inflatable evacuation slide detached from a Boeing airplane and fell into a resident's backyard in Milton, Massachusetts.

"They came and retrieved it yesterday afternoon", he explained.

Luckily, no one was injured due to the falling slide.

The slide, which was uninflated, looked like a "giant silver tarp", she said. Workers discovered that the right rear slide was missing after the plane had landed safely. "The flight landed without incident and taxied to the gate under its own power", an official said.

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