(UPDATE at 9:20 p.m PT, September 13, 2015)
KMPH reports that the pieces of metal that fell into a Fresno neighborhood Sunday afternoon, breaking a car window, came from an engine that failed on an air tanker, reportedly an Erickson MD-87. Below is an excerpt from their article:
…The plane had departed the Fresno Airport around 3:30 p.m. Sunday when, according to the Federal Aviation Administration and Fresno Firefighters, the pilot reported a left engine failure.
Shortly after, families in a neighborhood near Ashlan and Highway 168 said they heard a boom and saw smoke coming from the plane.
In the process, pieces of the plane’s engine fell into a neighborhood. At least one piece shattered a windshield. Others landed on the streets.
The plane returned to the airport moments later…
(Originally published at 5:43 p.m. PT, September 13, 2015)
See huge hole in back window? A piece of air tanker dropped onto woman’s car off Barton & Swift. @FresnoPolice here. pic.twitter.com/x20xt2M9Ok
— Connie Tran (@MissConnieTran) September 13, 2015
— Connie Tran (@MissConnieTran) September 14, 2015
Thanks and a tip of the hat go out to Barbara and Steve.
UPDATE, September 15, 2015: The Fresno Bee published an article on September 14 with additional information.
We don’t know what caused the engine to fail, and it might not be related, but here is a link to a story we ran in June of 2014 about“ due to intermittent engine surges when dropping [retardant at] high coverage levels”.