Debris falls from sky following Delta flight 'engine issue'


An engine issue on Delta flight 2599 caused debris to fall on the car of at least one Nashville resident below.

The flight, which departed BNA for Atlanta around 4:00 p.m. Wednesday, experienced an 'engine issue' while in the air, forcing the plane to turn around and land safely in Nashville, according to officials from Delta Air Lines.

Shannon Sumrall with BNA said there was some debris involved in the incident. Airport police helped clear the debris, but Metro Police eventually took over the recovery efforts since the debris fell outside of the airport's jurisdiction.

Several people working at Nashville Rubber and Gasket in Donelson heard a loud boom and walked out to find pieces of the plane in their parking lot. Kerry Walters and a handful of her co-workers also noticed the metals pieces had damaged their vehicles.

"There were businesses up the street that also had shrapnel, had busted windows," said Walters. "It's very concerning that planes are maybe not inspected the way they should be before takeoff."

Most of the damage to Walters' truck was minor.

"It almost looks like hail damage. There's a little bit of paint damage," said Walters.

According to officials with Delta Air Lines, the plane was carrying 149 passengers. They were moved to a different aircraft.

A statement from Delta said, "Safety is always our top priority and we apologize to our customers for the inconvenience."

Delta says they do not yet know what caused the engine to fail, but an investigation is underway.

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