clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

FAA confirms airplane door fell into Las Vegas neighborhood. See the photos

The Federal Aviation Administration confirmed the door or panel fell from the plane and crashed to the ground.

The Federal Aviation Administration confirmed the door or panel fell from the plane, likely a military craft, and crashed to the ground in Las Vegas.
The Federal Aviation Administration confirmed the door or panel fell from the plane, likely a military craft, and crashed to the ground in Las Vegas.
Screenshot

SALT LAKE CITY — An actual piece of an airplane fell out of the sky and landed in Las Vegas, according to multiple news reports.

KTNV Las Vegas and KVVU-TV report that the airplane part fell right outside the Nellis Air Force Base in northeast Las Vegas, landing in a residential area.

The Federal Aviation Administration confirmed the door or panel fell from the plane and crashed to the ground, according to KTNV.

"We are looking into a report that a door or a panel fell off an aircraft near Nellis AFB," the Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement, according to ABC News.

Photos of the door leaked online:

The piece came off of a Draken aircraft, which comes from a company that provides airplanes to the military for training purposes.

  • "An access panel fell off a Draken aircraft (Thursday) afternoon shortly after departing Nellis (Air Force Base) on a routine training mission," said Scott Poteet, a spokesperson for Draken International, according to USA Today. "Draken, along with the FAA, are conducting a thorough investigation to identify the cause."

Witness Anthony Pitts told KTNV he heard the piece slap against the ground.

  • “I heard a smack,” he said. “And it smacked over here. And when it hit it was loud. And the first thing I did was run in the house … I was scared. I thought it was a shooting. That's how loud it was."
  • "One of my kids could have been walking out here and that thing would have hit him,” Pitts said. “It’s not going to be a concussion. Not going to be oh no, I’m hurt honey go to the hospital. They would be dead!”

Pitts told KVVU-TV that the piece of metal fell near where his children play. Another witness, Alex Lopez, described the neighborhood’s reaction to KTNV.

  • "I thought the world was ending or something,” said Alex Lopez, according to KTNV. “And then I came outside and saw my neighbors all staring at something."