FOUNTAIN VALLEY (CBSLA.com) — An inspector with the Federal Aviation Administration retrieved a metal panel that reportedly fell from the sky on Thursday morning after a JetBlue airliner was forced to make an emergency landing.
The three-foot-long panel, which was located by Cindy Gilbert of Fountain Valley, fell from the sky and onto the sand of Huntington State Beach.
Gilbert told KCAL9’s Michele Gile that she was on a bike ride in the area of Magnolia Street and Pacific Coast Highway when she saw the piece in her peripheral vision.
“I went back. [I] saw this right there,” she explained. “I’m like, that’s it. That fell out of the sky. Literally, fell out of the sky.”
Gilbert said she then heard a loud thump on the sand, which startled her. After searching the area briefly, she said she located the part, which she took a picture of, and took home.
Although the inspector would not confirm to the media that the panel belongs to JetBlue Flight 1416, he did confirm this to a witness, reported Gile.
Meanwhile, he told Gilbert that the part was expected to be turned over to the National Transportation Safety Board.
On Thursday, JetBlue Flight 1416 had to make an emergency landing after the flight crew reported an issue with the second engine, according to airline officials. In all, four people were injured.
JetBlue said Friday that it had no comment as the investigation remained active.